Three years after 213 East Bay's devastating fire, The Brick returns

Rising from the ashes

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Matt Quillen will reopen The Brick at 24 B Ann St. - PROVIDED
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  • Matt Quillen will reopen The Brick at 24 B Ann St.

Three years ago today a fire ripped through 213 East Bay St. Light, Squeeze, Speakeasy, and The Brick were all damaged. And since that time, The Brick owner Matt Quillen has been in a lawsuit against the owner of the the building. But today he says he's dropped his suit and is moving forward. Quillen is reopening The Brick at 24 B Ann St.

"I always wanted to reopen in the original space, but that’s not going to happen," Quillen says. "Maybe things happen for the better. This feels like a blessing to reopen up toward King Street."

The new Brick is going into the former Charleston Tea Company which sits in the parking garage across from the Bus Shed. 
On April 1, 2013, 213 East Bay St. suffered a huge fire - PROVIDED
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  • On April 1, 2013, 213 East Bay St. suffered a huge fire

"It's half of what the Brick was in size," he says. "But we're trying to keep the same vibe."

Construction will begin immediately and Quillen plans to bring back the same live music and darts that fans enjoyed at his previous location. "We always called the old Brick Charleston's favorite tavern, so here we're going for more of a cozy tavern feel."

Quillen believes he'll get approval for outdoor seating too with possibly 20 seats outside and 80 inside. 

As for the menu, that's going to look similar to the original Brick as well. "Our goal was to do bar food that’s not basic. It's all fresh food," he says citing tacos, burgers, and various seafood. 

Quillen hopes to have his new space open by August. 

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