Unpaid Bills and Illness Conspire to Close Ernie’s Restaurant

ernies-225x300Ernie’s Restaurant, a beloved soul food joint which daily drew 200 customers with its turkey necks and lima beans, has apparently reached the end of its 36-year run on Spring Street.

Owner Ernie Kinloch last month closed the restaurant for renovations; according to Kinloch, plans to reopen were derailed when his sister, Essie Bryan, became seriously ill.

“My sister who’s been running it is sick in the hospital,” Kinloch says. “Right now, I hope she pulls through her sickness.”

In addition to managing the restaurant, Bryan handled its finances. Charleston County tax records show Bryan last year sold the 64 Spring St. parcel to a Kiawah Island real estate developer for $30,000.  Property owner Al Roberds didn’t return calls seeking comment, so the future of the address is unclear. Continue reading