Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce

Pickens...Where the Mountains Begin

GateHouse Opens in Pickens

February 23, 2012
GateHouse Logo
Ribbon-cutting ceremony

When father and son, Dean and Jeff Holder decided to renovate the old LeJuans building in downtown Pickens, little did they know, today they would be restaurant owners. “Daddyand I had lots of fun working together remodeling the building. Our hope was that someone would lease the building sharing our vision for a restaurant that would be a modern version of what it once was. We listened to quite a few groups with their ideas but when we met with Chef Lee Pollard, we knew we had what felt like the perfect fit for Pickens,” says Jeff.

Lee brings to Pickens and the surrounding community over 50 years of experience and hard work cultivating his love of serving the very best. Previously, Lee was with Calhoun Corners and Pixie & Bill’s Restaurants in Clemson and most recently with Lee’s Café 11, named for Lee, located at the Market on Highway 11 with the Cliff’s Communities to name a few. Because of his reputation for preparing delicious meals, Lee has many repeat customers who continue to follow him enjoying his talents and gifts of fine food preparation. Lee continues his love of cooking at the GateHouse Restaurant, which offers a unique dining experience blending traditional, southern cuisine with touches of upscale dining in a family atmosphere. Come as you are and enjoy an eclectic menu that has something sure to suit every taste.

An award-winning chef, Lee was honored in 1981 for his soup recipe in South Carolina Cook Book. In 2005, The Heritage Corridor showcased his delicious peach crepes and in 2007, Chef Pollard won the “Best of the Best” in Southern Living Magazine for his peach cobbler. His barbeque has also been recognized statewide among various publications as well.

The restaurant also features historic Hagood Mill’s grits, which are available on the buffet, accompany the featured appetizer, Fried Green Tomatoes and