The Den is the name of the business slated to open in the former location of the Keith Street Pub & Grille. An initial target date for opening of March 5, 2009 was jeopardized when persons unknown removed the SLED/ABC alcohol application notice from the door of the establishment, forcing a reposting, and a pushing back of the opening date to tentatively March 26, 2009. Only SLED is permitted to remove the application notice.
Opening during the late spring or early summer of 2009, the business seemed to ride a see-saw due to reportedly erratic business practices of the manager. At least one closure had already taken place by August when most of the staff walked out, and the owner of another near-by establishment reports that the manager has a bad habit of begging emergency loans of stock due to poor planning and control of the operation.
The interior retains much of its Keith Street furnishings, including at least one sign in the foyer with the Keith Street name still displayed, but many large-screen monitors have been installed in a sports bar mode.
Update: As of November 30, 2009, the owner of The Den is in rehab in Atlanta with a manager left in charge, the bar has lost its insurance, and for all intents and purposes is out of business. When it hosted WSBF concerts in October and November, it appears that it did so without legal liability coverage, and at least one Greek function slated to take place at the business has been canceled. Indeed, it now appears that the WSBF-sponsored Charleston band Chronicles of the Landsquid show, with M.O. Theory, on Thursday, November 19, may have been used as a vehicle to run out the taps.
The Den signage was taken down in March 2010. As of August 2010, the building is available for rent.
In September 2010, The Bengal Tiger / Daawat Indian Cuisine is preparing to reopen the establishment.
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101 Keith Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1590