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Downtown Icon Jack's Cafe to Shutter; Reopening Under New Management

But will it resurrect in January?

Jack's Cafe
Jack's Cafe
Erin Perkins
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

It's the diner College of Charleston students flocked to for a pre-lecture breakfast or the countless hungover revelers sought solace in a plate of eggs. All-day breakfast place Jack's Cafe was a gathering spot for most anyone who lived or visited downtown for the past 42 years. Unfortunately, the diner's days are numbered as Charleston was shocked by the announcement they would close their doors on October 31.

However, Live 5 WCSC reported the new owner [who is rumored to be the same proprietor as George Street froyo depot FreshBerry] will reopen Jack's after a 60-day renovation. This places them welcoming guests in January. Sources say many of staff found out the eatery was in for a sudden closure after spotting a Craigslist ad in need of a new chef for Jack's:

Unique opportunity for talented Chef easy concept that requires someone who can produce a Breakfast lunch menu plus specials. I am looking for a Chef that can work towards equity ownership in Jacks we will be open 7 days a week from 7am to 4 pm

Loyal patrons wondered for a long time when chef/owner Jack Sewell would retire, but no one expected it so suddenly (most thought they would be shuttering closer to the new year). Aficionados of the greasy spoon are suspicious of the revamp, as one observer mentioned that, if Jack isn't there flipping burgers, it's not Jack's.

Jack's Cafe

41 George St, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-5237