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Former Big John's Tavern Transitions to Tropical Oasis

Cane came a long way from the dive

The transition phase
The transition phase
Erin Perkins
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Former imbibers of Big John's Tavern may not recognize the place once forthcoming Cane Rhum Bar + Caribbean Kitchen — and that's the idea. Cane wants patrons to feel like they are in a tropical oasis, not a decades-old dive. The interiors are cleared out of the old decor, and there's now a big fish mounted over the fireplace. For reference, here's a photo of the former bar.

As "Rhum Chef" Paul Yellin and team work to bring together their idea of a warm paradise on East Bay Street, we'll be waiting on the mai tais, daiquiris, jerk chicken, and grilled jumbo garlic prawns.