Good Food & Music. For Good Southern Families.
We’ve been blowing up the South for over 20 years
In the early 1900s, Greenville called Boggs Street (where customers enter from our ground-level back entrance) by a different name, Chicora Street. Moreover, Chicora College campus comprised the land stretching from Camperdown to River Street, all right behind our Chicora Alley building.
Today, Chicora College forms part of Queens College in Charlotte, NC. The etymology of chicora finds its roots in an old Native American word that means Land of the Healing Breeze. In fact, a tribe of coastal Native Americans go by the name Chicora. They lived from the Savannah River to Cape Fear and were some of the first Native Americans encountered by early explorers.
Fast forward a bit to 1995, when the General Assembly of South Carolina declared April 20th Chicora Indian Day. Under a decade later, Chicora Alley at Falls Park opened their doors to create a local Falls Park sensation. It all began in September of 2003.
Today, our fan base extends up to the Piedmont, where the Chicora Alley Fire House in Travelers Rest celebrated its grand opening in November 2018. Come see us in either locale. Our quarters provide a cozy setting for you to enjoy a lively blend of Caribbean Reggae, Southern Jazz, Bluegrass and Rock n Roll.
Our downtown spot offers live entertainment where local die hards and passing tourists jam together. Meanwhile, our Travelers Rest crowds can not resist our coffee and ale house selections – nor our delicious food and desserts. Both locations offer nightly specials. Together in two great towns, we bring a cuisine fusion of exotic island and good ol’ Southern home cookin’. Come see us hungry. Only leave when you’re refreshed.
Falls Park Favorite
Mama didn’t raise no fools
— in Downtown Greenville since 2003 —
Our Love of Food
The owners, Ben Dixon, and his co-operators, Corey Fulmar (Executive Chef), Clay Hall and Greg Gimpel, have traveled their way across the country, adopting regional delicacies on the way. When they returned to their roots in their mama’s kitchens – that’s where the magic happened. Where they fused all that they had learned with the savory comfort food flavors of the deep south.
Welcome to Chicora Alley, where the food and the atmosphere are as fresh as a healing breeze. We hope we leave you a little better that when you arrived.