Croc's Sports & Wings

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Croc's Sports & Wings (Croc's Clemson for short) was an operation thattook over the location formerly occupied by the The Bengal Tiger / Daawat Indian Cuisine on Keith Street in Clemson. An extension of several successful businesses in Greenville, renovation of the building had begun by Sunday, August 28, 2011, with a soft opening held on Thursday, September 15, 2011. On opening night, several hundred patrons had lined up to get their memberships and check out the dance floor that occupies the space previously used as restaurant seating. A new built-in deejay booth in the northwest corner of the room was occupied by DJ FWB spinning tunes of a mostly urban club format. Patron garb ranged from standard jeans and tees to club wear. Little black dresses nine inches above the knee - mmmmm-mm!

The former dance floor and pool table area on the west end of the building has had booths for seating installed, with several large screen monitors overhead.

Bar snacks were served early in the evening, but the decks were cleared for action as the midnight hour approached. The promotional team from Hot 98.1 (WHZT-FM, Greenville - "Carolina's New #1 Hit Music Station") was present with give-aways and their strobe-light festooned vehicles provided a party atmosphere at curbside as patrons lined up to get memberships. At least one tricked out super-stretch limo was nearby.

See more current detail, including hiring of staff information, on the discussion page.

Ribbon cutting

The Clemson Chamber of Commerce was on hand on Friday, September 30, 2011, at noon to cut the ribbon at downtown's newest eatery - Croc's Sports & Wings.

This joint venture between David McCraw, Kelley Hagerty, and Charles Hellwig (owner/operators of Croc's Sports and Spirits, Sharkey's Pub, The Basement/221 North Mainstreet BAR, and The Comedy Zone - all in Greenville) had its "bar and club" soft opening last weekend to rave reviews. Now the team is opening its restaurant side and inviting everyone to come sample the menu.

"We've got great food that we think will go over fantastically here in Clemson," said McCraw, "from wings to authentic Philly cheesesteaks, to the very best burgers in town."

Croc's is one of the few restaurants/bars that can serve alcohol on Sundays, and offers all the sports packages including NFL Sunday Ticket. "Where else can you go, enjoy great wings, watch every NFL game AND have a cold beer on Sunday?" said McCraw.

Croc's is a true hybrid, offering a full menu of delicious food daily until 10 p.m., and then transforming into the area's only true dance club at night. There is even a late night burger and hot dog menu from the outside grille.

"Basically, we're taking the sports bar feel of Sharkey's Pub (winner Metromix/LINK "Best Sports Bar") and adding the party bar and dance club aspects of Croc's Greenville and The Basement/221 North" (winner Metromix/LINK "Best Dance Club"), said Charles Hellwig. "Whether you are looking for a place to watch football and eat great food on gameday, have a fast lunch, or dance the night away late night, we will offer the very best experience for our guests," he continued.

Croc's was open at 4 p.m. Monday/Tuesday and all day Wednesday through Sunday. Dining was open to everyone, while drinking was limited to members and their guests - memberships were available for just $5.

For more information contact Charles Hellwig at 864-952-9381.

Editors note

  • On Saturday night, October 1, 2011, the Clemson Wiki editor witnessed no fewer than sixteen ladies dancing on the bar. Huzzah!


Throughout the summer of 2012, Croc's was largely moribund as the City of Clemson replaced waterlines on Keith Street as well as laying new curbs and sidewalks as part of a long-term beautification program, thus depriving Croc's of their front access.

During the fall and winter of 2012, Croc's was only open sporadically, usually only on the weekend, and rarely more than three days a week. This pattern continued through the spring of 2013, but the last week of operation was in mid-March preceding spring break at Clemson University, and the establishment did not reopen following the break.

In June 2013 the building is available for lease.


Croc's Sports & Wings
101 Keith Street
Clemson, South Carolina 29631

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