The 150 fans of The Green Door who last night attended a final farewell party for the restaurant “partied pretty hard,” even though they didn’t have a new location to celebrate, owner Cory Burke reports.
Burke had hoped to reveal information about his future plans at the customer appreciation party, rescheduled after Big John’s Tavern booted the project from its premises. Burke earlier this year took over Big John’s kitchen, but the partnership didn’t survive a change in tavern management: Although owner Ryan Condon initially agreed to let The Green Door operate through the end of October, Burke’s announcement of a blow-out Halloween party caused Condon to shut down the bar on Oct. 21.
“Having a going away party on Halloween night and going crazy in here, and they’re not going to do that,” Condon told The Post and Courier.
Last night’s party, held at Grow Food Carolina, featured a roti bar with beef cheeks, braised seaweed, pig’s head and strong punch.
Although the dishes were closely in line with The Green Door’s freewheeling menu, Condon says he plans to introduce a “very different concept” at his next location.
“The atmosphere is going to be different,” he says.
While Burke doesn’t want to elaborate on the location until it’s secured, he confirms it’s in downtown Charleston.
“I’ve got to wait for an investor to send over a certain amount of money,” he says, estimating he’s 90 percent of the way to closing the deal.