An explanation of our name and the history behind it.
In the early 1900's, Greenville's Boggs Street (where our ground level back entrance is located) was called Chicora Street. Directly behind our building, the land from Camperdown to River Street was the Chicora College campus. Chicora College is now part of Queens College in Charlotte, NC. Chicora is an old Native American word that means "Land of Healing Breeze". The Chicora tribe were coastal Native Americans, their territory extended from the Savannah River to Cape Fear. They were some of the first Native Americans encountered by early explorers. In 1995, the General Assembly of South Carolina declared April 20th Chicora Indian Day.
Chicora Alley opened in September of 2003. Our quarters provide a cozy setting where you can enjoy a lively blend of Caribbean Reggae and Southern Jazz to Rock n' Roll and Bluegrass. Live entertainment and specials every night of the week. A place where the cuisine is a fusion of exotic island and good ol' southern home cookin'.
The owners, two local brothers, Ben and Adam "Bert" Dixon, have traveled their way across the country adopting regional delicacies on the way. Then they returned to their roots in Mom's kitchen - where they fused all that they had learned.
Welcome to Chicora Alley, where the food and the atmosphere are as fresh as a healing breeze. We hope to leave you better than when you arrived.