Construction delays hinder reopening of burned downtown bar

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An East Bay Street bar that was destroyed earlier this year in a fire will not reopen before the end of the year as originally planned, according to the owner.

Matthew Quillen, owner of The Brick, announced Monday construction delays have pushed the bar's reopening to a later date.

The Brick was one of four East Bay Street businesses damaged in a fire on April 2 just before 1 a.m. The roof of The Brick was completely destroyed and must be repaired.

Quillen says he is working closely with the building's owner to determine the future of The Brick.

According to the Charleston Fire Department, the fire started at a club on the second floor of 213 East Bay Street, Club Light.

Fire officials say the origin of the blaze was most likely in the storage room and office area of the second floor business.

Authorities say the building was not equipped with a fire alarm or sprinkler system, neither of which was required at the time the building was originally occupied

Other businesses that suffered fire damage include The Speakeasy and Squeeze.