The building at 102 North Market St. has gone from restaurant to retail. Former fine dining den Brasserie Gigi shuttered in 2016 and the space has recently reopened as Martha's Vineyard-based souvenir T-shirt shop The Black Dog.
The original location of The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern in Massachusetts, but the Charleston location only sells merchandise with the company’s logo. The Black Dog T-shirts became popular in the 1990s after several celebrities, and then-President Bill Clinton, were photographed in the apparel.
The marble bar top from Brasserie Gigi now serves as a checkout counter.
The conversion of restaurants into retail is becoming somewhat of a trend in Charleston. Earlier this year, Boone’s Bar transformed into trendy boutique Skinny Dip, though the space did retain a frosé and coffee bar, Rudi’s Caffe e Vino, on the second level.
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