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Cheers! Upper King pub Closed for Business is open for business

Marquee over kitchen
Marquee over kitchen

The name is supposedly a dig at a former business, but who cares? The place is a smash waiting to happen. Just opened in December 2009, Closed for Business is a most welcome new addition to the upper King St. scene for pub lovers, foodies who don't want fuss and uncategorized folks who just want a pleasant place for a quiet drink.

Deceptive, almost forbidding sign, but the best is yet to come.
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A beer connoisseur's haven among the more pedestrian and pretentious offerings in the neighborhood, this NY-style pub has 30 beers on tap from Belgium, Germany, the UK and the US (mostly Colorado, but yes, NY too) . The beer motif is even carried into the restroom, with a gallery of international beer reviews and old brewery photos serving as wallpaper. Wine and spirits are also available, but beer is king on King St. at Closed for Business.

Theatre and marquee lighting complement the natural wood bar and angular paneled ceiling, modern art and Puck magazine prints, creating a cozy, sophisticated, relaxed ambiance. The menu, though limited, avoids ordinary pub fare and has some real stars. Don't miss the tempura-fried green beans; out-of-this-world crispy, delicate yet bursting with flavor, and watch out - very addictive. The pub uses local and regional food sources, and the fresh taste of the dishes confirms it.

A great place for an after work stop-by, a pre-dinner drink and appetizer for those with other plans, or a late night nightcap for those among us who yearn for a "real" Soho, be it New York or London. If you've been to either city, Closed for Business will be almost nostalgic; if you haven't, it'll be the experience without the airfare.

Simple, yet elegant, reasonably priced for the quality, Closed for Business is also graced by bartender John Kenney's warm and courteous service.

At 453 King, it's in Charleston's upper King "Soho" area aand close to the large hotels at Calhoun/Meeting streets.

Normal operating hours are 5 PM to 2 AM. For more information, call 843-853-8446.


  • G 5 years ago

    Sounds terrific! Clever name - will definitely visit next time we are in Charleston.

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