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Venerable Dive Bar Big John's Tavern Suffers Fire Damage

Will it reopen?

Eater Charleston
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Fire crews are still on the scene of 251 East Bay St. this morning, after a fire broke out in the apartment above Big John's Tavern around 6 a.m. There are no reports on the extent of the destruction at this time. A photo from ABC News 4 shows burn damage to the second floor.

Older buildings in Charleston seem to have a difficult time recovering after fires. East Bay bar Squeeze has not reopened after a large blaze in April 2013, and Anson Restaurant is still under construction from fire damages on December 24, 2013.

Check back for updates on the state of Big John's.

Big John's Tavern

251 East Bay Street, , SC 29401