College Inn Restaurant | Olde English District

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College Inn Restaurant

324 Second St.
Cheraw, SC 29520
(843) 537-3535

This building sits on property that once belonged to the Coulter Memorial Academy, Chesterfield County‘s first school for African-American students. The restaurant took its name from the school, which began offering junior college courses in 1933 and continued until 1947. Charles “Neil” Cole, a local teacher and businessman, sought to fill a void by providing a lunch counter that served black students during the time of segregation. He opened the College Inn in 1935 and employed mostly students from Coulter Academy. He served local diners, including Cheraw native Dizzy Gillespie. The restaurant, now operated by Cole’s daughter, Carolyn Cole-Green, serves mouth-watering ribs and more in this historic setting. Open for dinner, Thurs-Sat.