CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Workers at a long-standing downtown bar that is scheduled to close at the end of the month arrived Monday afternoon to find the locks have already been changed.
According to Big John's Tavern's Facebook page, the building owner, Ryan Condon, decided to close the bar Monday morning. Locks changed, building boarded up.
Condon says although the bar did close earlier than some expected, it was closed for renovations and will reopen.
The East Bay Street dive bar was set to close its doors for good on Halloween with a goodbye party after serving Charleston since 1955.
"With a heavy heart, we are sorry to say that the buildings owner, Ryan Condon, has decided not to honor his agreement to let The Green Door and Big John's Tavern stay open until October 31," the Facebook post states. "We wish that things could of ended differently, and that you could of said farewell to your favorite bartenders."
Bargoers responded to the post not only to share their memories, but also their displeasure with the sudden shutdown.
Condon says the building, which also hosts The Green Door, will reopen under new ownership but only as Big John's Tavern. The bar will take over the space left by the restaurant's departure.
No word at this time on when the bar will reopen.