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Popsicle Bar Calls it Quits on Spring Street

Counting the closings for the year

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

Eater will keep a running list of all the restaurant closings during the year. Looking for more uplifting news? Here’s the catalog of all the restaurant openings in Charleston.

December 21, 2018

27) LOWER KING — Fast-casual chain Mod Pizza papered up the windows and locked the doors. Address: 145 Calhoun St.

26) UPPER KING — Popsicle bar Crooked Crown shuttered its Spring Street store, but has plans to perhaps reopen in another location. Address: 21 Spring St.

25) MOUNT PLEASANT — The state shut down dive bar Richard’s for its continued use of video gambling machines. According to the Post & Courier, owner Richard Ruth vowed, “I ain’t going nowhere, and they can kiss my redneck ass.” Address: 2237 N Hwy 17

October 30, 2018

24) UPPER KING — Craft beer bar Closed For Business recently shut down to make way for the expansion of pizza parlor Monza. Address: 453 King St.

October 15, 2018

23) MOUNT PLEASANT — Piano bar Fill announced that it would reopen as popular breakfast spot Toast. Along with the opening, comes a chance at free entrees this week. Address: 1150 Hungryneck Blvd.

October 4, 2018

22) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — The Bearded Cafe owner Rick Wofford announced on Facebook that was closing up shop last weekend. He explained to Post & Courier that he will keep up with his social media videos under the name the Bearded Cafe, for all his fans. Address: 121 Spring St.

September 26, 2018

21) JAMES ISLAND — Farm-to-table restaurant the Lot announced on Facebook that it is taking a break. The owners write, “Stay tuned!!! We’d like to thank everyone that has shown us support these last 6 years. We would also like to express our gratitude to the farmers, fishermen and bakers that work so hard and care so greatly about what they put out. Y’all rock.” Address: 1977 Maybank Hwy.

20) UPPER KING — The lights are out at Bootleg Tavern after just a few weeks in business. No word of what happened or what’s next. Address: 541 King St.

19) FOLLY BEACH — Following the unfortunate death of beloved chef/owner Jeff Butler, the ‘Wich Doctor is listed for sale. Address 106 West Hudson Ave.

September 10, 2018

18) NOMO — Tex-Mex stall Juan Luis departed from Workshop, citing staff shortages. The food hall will announce a new tenant soon. Address: 1503 King St.

17) SOUTH OF BROAD — Beloved neighborhood spot Bar Normandy went out with a big party that included the chef and owner in matching Speedo trunks. The space will remain a bakery during the day. Address: 19 Broad St.

16) NORTH CENTRAL — Mexican cantina Pancito & Lefty locked the doors after a year and a half serving tacos and mezcal. Address: 708 King St.

15) UPPER KING — 492 shut the doors after a final brunch service on August 26. No word on what will become of the space. Address: 492 King St.

August 21, 2018

14) JAMES ISLAND — Chef Sermet Aslan will shut down Sermet’s Southernterranean on September 8. He tells the Post and Courier that a “good friend” will take over the space. Address: 1622 Highland Ave.

13) UPPER KING — Caribbean-influenced eater the Getaway shuttered without warning after only eight months in business. Address: 541 King St.

August 16, 2018

12) MOUNT PLEASANT — Owners of French restaurant Annie’s Bistro told Post & Courier that they are closing due to issues with the air conditioning in the dining room. They want to reopen in a new location as soon as possible. Address: 1795 N. Highway 17

11) NOMO — Small plate favorite Spero shut the doors so the owners could concentrate on their families. Rumors on the street say the space may already be purchased. Address: 616 Meeting St.

June 28, 2018

10) MOUNT PLEASANT — West Coast-inspired Playa Taco shuttered after a few short months in the prominent Coleman Boulevard space. Address: 735 Coleman Blvd.

9) MOUNT PLEASANT — Sushi spot Bambu is now Caribbean restaurant JuJu, under new ownership. Look for tostones, Cuban sandwiches, callaloo soup, and more. Address: 604 Coleman Blvd.

June 19, 2018

8) MOUNT PLEASANT — Fast-casual Neapolitan pizza place MidiCi shuttered without warning. The phones were disconnected and the lights were off. Address: 1100 Bowman Rd. Suite 100

May 31, 2018

7) UPPER KING — Vegan hangout Black Bean Co. shuttered to make way for the New Jersey-based eatery Playa Bowls. Address: 429 King St.

6) HARLESTON VILLAGEBlack Tap Coffee didn’t really shut down, the owners just rebranded as Second State Coffee. Same beans, different logo. Address: 70 12 Beaufain St.

5) LOWER KING — Well-loved dive bar Upper Deck Tavern lost its lease, so the bartenders threw a week-long party before closing it down. Address: 353 King St.

4) WEST ASHLEY — Neighborhood-favorite The Green Goat locked the doors after a final Mother’s Day service. Address: 1300 Savannah Hwy.

January 19, 2018

3) FRENCH QUARTER — National beer company Lagunitas is officially out of its Lowcountry location. The brewery stated high costs associated with repairing the aging building it moved into in 2016 as the reason for leaving. Address: 161 East Bay St.

January 9, 2018

2) NORTH CHARLESTON — Butter Tapas set up to bring “fine dining flavors and ambiance North Charleston,” but after two years in business, chef April Robinson announced that she shuttered the restaurant. Robinson told Post & Courier, “I don’t know that North Charleston was 100 percent ready (for Butter).” Robinson has not announced her future plans. Address: 5070 International Blvd.

1) FRENCH QUARTER — Vendue Hotel restaurant The Drawing Room stopped serving food and transitioned into a lounge, as the owners build new eatery The Revival in the former hotel Starbuck’s. The new offering will open in March under chef Forrest Parker with an updated menu. Address: 19 Vendue Range

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