MARION, S.C. -- Richard Godbold and his wife, Frankie, greet hundreds of customers for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Richard’s Restaurant on Main Street Marion. This March marked 37 years in business.

The flat grill fires up orders from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“He’s been cooking a long time,” Frankie Godbold said of her husband. “We started years ago. Our double cheeseburgers are the main attraction.”

Richard Godbold, 75, gained years of experience working at the Marion Grill a block away before it closed. He then transformed an old gas station into a restaurant, serving everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to fried chicken, hamburger steak, steak sandwiches, chicken filet sandwiches and more.

“We love it,” Richard Godbold said. “It’s good, and we’ve always loved it. I’ve been doing it for a lot longer than this.”

The vintage diner décor includes dozens of license plates from all over the country.

“We even got some from Germany, England and Afghanistan,” he said. “We used to go vacation and try to go to four states and catch them. Some people came in and didn’t see their state and would send them to me or bring them through the next time they come.”

Outside, visitors might catch a glimpse of Godbold’s red 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

The Godbolds continue to draw a crowd because of their hospitality and service in the community. Richard Godbold was recently outside his restaurant distributing candy to more than 200 children as part of the annual Spring Walk for people to visit downtown merchants.

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