King St. restaurant abruptly closes, posts note to customers

King St. restaurant abruptly closes, posts note to customers

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A downtown Charleston restaurant was forced to close its doors Tuesday afternoon, its owners said in a note to their customers.

Nick's Original BBQ posted a note to customers about its location at 288 King Street.

Owners Nick Pihakis and John Haire explained the sudden closure this way:

Hey y'all. We have some good news, and we have some bad news.

The King Street building housing our restaurant has stood tall for almost 200 years, surviving earthquakes, fires and hurricanes, all the while providing a rock-solid presence in our beautiful city. Today, however, we received the devastating news that she (our building) is in a bad way and requires immediate attention and substantial repairs.

The bad news is that we've served our last BBQ Pork Sandwich, Pig in the Potato Patch, and Cheese Biscuit for a while on King Street. We've put the fire out in our BBQ smokers and are stepping aside to allow the construction folks to make their repairs to the beautiful building we've called home for the past 12 years.

We are forever grateful for our wonderful and talented BBQ family members who have worked hard day in and day out serving our loyal and regular guests on King Street. NEVER have we had the pleasure to be associated with such a fine group of people who have worked so hard and are so loyal to each other and to this business.

They said they are working to relocate the business to another downtown location.

"BBQ is a slow process," the statement read, "but we are hoping our search for a new spot won't be."

The restaurant's North Charleston location was not affected and a Mount Pleasant location will open soon, they said.

"We are thankful to be able to extend opportunities at these locations to our King Street employees so not one of them will miss an opportunity to work and earn money," they said.

The restaurant plans to continue its catering out of its North Charleston location.

City of Charleston officials announced a closure of one lane of King Street and the sidewalk in the immediate vicinity of the building after learning of the structural issues.

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