Will they have Coors Light? Damn Rarebit doesn't carry it. It's not like the Bandit has to haul it back from Golden.
Recovery room is a dump--makes sense it's run by a fucking Yankee!
From one southerner to one carpet bagger: I like the cut of your jib sir!
This is the coolest
To all the staff and Patrons at big johns i'm so sorry for your loss. Big johns was what it was, and most importantly it was a home to many hard working folk. just another example of the Charleston gentrification machine at work. And to the big johns building owner "Ryan Condon" Go FUCK YOURSELF. You are obviously a piece of shit. here is some advice from a worthless carpet bagger northern to a southern gentleman. Take care of the people who take care of you. Take care of the staff that ran your bar for 15 years, that mopped the floor at 2:30am, and handled all sorts of drama while you bought 160 properties(per our 25 minute phone conversation last week), and let them have the dignity of staying open to the end of the month. I know you own the crab shack and 6 other restaurants so you must know that F&B folk count on up coming shifts as part of their pay. how dare you change the locks and board up the door and not let them have their final shifts. You can blame your nephews for not running the bar as you see fit but where have you been slum lord???? while the roof leaked and the pipes clogged. that's the buildings owner issue not the bar manager (just another kind piece of advice from one land lord to another) and to your new partners at the rare bit, don't trust this man. do you really think your copper mugs, white shirt tie wearing bartenders and cute yuppie credit card waving crowd is going to enjoy the new digs? good luck........sincerely chris "Boston" DiMattia owner of recovery room tavern and big johns patron
Please don't change John's too much. The restaurant (green door) did not have that great a food, and the entire atmosphere of old John's was ruined by them being back there. We need a watering hole, not another fancy pub, where John's stands. Maybe clean it up a bit, but don't change the things that made John a nice place to go. And bring back the good wings and stuff they had before.
grammarpolice, your grammar is atrocious.
I assume all of this ends up on TV and Video somewhere.
The food is great. The building is poorly designed. Terrible acoustics. Unfortunately seems to be the goal for this architect is making money, not functional spaces.
Sometimes you get what you pay for. Personally, I like my burgers made with house ground beef, and cooked to rare/med-rare perfection. There aren't many sub $6 burgers that I can think of that fit this need. Sesame on $3 burger night is one of the few. If you want a cheap burger, I can name a dozen places for you. If your budget is that tight, there is always 5 Guys.
Six? Six is cheap around here.
Interesting concept. I hope they have priced it reasonably. What we don't need in Charleston are more $6.00 and up burgers.
Be careful of who you are trashing, I dont think we are getting the entire story here...
Yeah for Big Johns! And that quaint dive bar is not "good ole boy"- stop showing your ignorance by judging a place you've obviously never hung out in. Green Door was overpriced & nothing any more special than every other attitude filled restaurant downtown. And Corey is not innocent in all this-ask what moves he pulled to have this rug pulled from under him. Charleston needs more places lime BJ's-where normal folks are welcome & it isn't a giant fashion show, who do you know snob fest.
For the past forty-one years I have been blessed with the successful pursuit of a career as a restauranteur and real estate investor. During this time I have found that making mistakes has been one of my greatest, albeit cruelest, teachers. I am not personally acquainted with Cory Burke, but I trust he is a decent, hard working individual who will find great success in life. I feel secure in making these assumptions based on his past success, as well as my intimate relationship with his new aforesaid teacher. His recent experience of not having a signed lease agreement in place prior to establishing a business in a building that he does not own, will serve to make him a more informed entrepreneur, and will save him a great deal of aggravation and money in the future.
I am personally acquainted with Mr. Condon, and have been involved in multiple business deals with him over the past twenty years. Most of these ventures have been very rewarding and lucrative, although some have not. Regardless of the circumstances, I have always found Ryan to be reasonable and more than fair. Furthermore, he has always demonstrated integrity and character in all aspects of this life, but most importantly while fulfilling his fiduciary obligations in the operation of his business endeavors. I am proud to count Ryan as a friend, landlord, partner, advisor, investor and most importantly a mentor.
I feel an obligation to address the business relationship between these two individuals as reported in this article. I personally possess enough factual information to recognize that most of the reporters and many of the readers are making assumptions and comments based on emotions and personal beliefs, while purposely disregarding the facts. I find it reprehensible that society has reached a point where it is acceptable to sacrifice the reputation of an individual of Ryan’s caliber, in order to provide a victim to whom the masses can relate.
In the past I have witnessed Ryan’s dedication to preserve other historic Charleston icons such a as the Cavallaro Supper Club and Condon’s Department Store. I have no doubt that he will display the same determination and perseverance in restoring Big Johns as a memorable tribute to this great city’s past.
Long live Big John's, suckers! All you complaining fellas are welcome to hang your bras on the ceiling. Cheers!
Mexican food is colorful, complex ,and deserves much more respect than described in the intro. The author must be limited in their food experience .
Seriously? No Taco Spot?
The beginning of this article is lame and perpetuates a very shallow understanding of what Mexican food actually is. It's as if I had spent a few minutes hanging out at the Asheville drum circle, then walked away, proclaiming, "Southerners smell funny."
The author somewhat redeems himself in the rest of the text, but not nearly enough to cleanse the bad taste from the intro.
The Migas at Red Drum is life changing. Not a taco, but the best damn Mexican/Tex Mex breakfast in town! Don't knock it...try it.
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