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Bruce and Joshua Clark of Chesnee had been in the barbecue catering business for three years when they decided to open Game Day BBQ in Duncan.
Before retiring, Bruce served as the athletic director and football coach at Boiling Springs High School. Joshua, his son, runs the day-to-day operations.
“We are proud to say that we do BBQ the old fashion way!” they wrote on their Facebook page.
Let’s face it, folks rarely think of football coaches as men you might also find in the kitchen.
“When I coached, I really dreamed that after I was done I would own a restaurant,” Bruce said. “We started catering barbecue at the ground level. After that, things really got bigger so we decided to start a restaurant called Game Day BBQ.
As a result of their sports-oriented background, the atmosphere the Clarks created makes perfect sense for their new BBQ joint.
“As an athletic-themed restaurant, Game Day flies flags from Clemson, South Carolina, and Byrnes High School. We are really excited about what we are doing.
Above all, Bruce recognizes that the whole family has to buy in to make a restaurant successful.
“Another very important person in Game Day BBQ is my wife Pam. She has been an integral part of our plan and she is a major part of what we are trying to do here.” Game Day BBQ lives as a family run and family owned business.
Being centered in Duncan, “We want the community to feel good about it and feel like they are being treated with respect and get good food. I think they are really going to love it.”
So, what should you expect to find on the menu? Is the BBQ pit cooked or roasted in an oven? Are the sides fresh or out of a can? What’s for dessert?
“Meatwise, everything is cooked over wood. No gas. No electric.
In addition, the old-school cooking methods shed a light on the quality of all the cooking.
“Anything you eat is homemade: brisket, baby back ribs, smoked chicken, green beans, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, Brunswick stew, hash and rice, pinto beans and cornbread.
“We do a cobbler every day and banana pudding every day.
In the end, “Game Day is a barbecue place. If you want good smoked meat and good homemade dishes and desserts, then this is your place.”