From vintage auto body shops to airplane hangars to old firehouses, historic buildings are being restored and transformed into trendy new restaurants.
Drop by the Olde Town Hall Restaurant & Pub, a former 1904 town hall and jail in Ridgeway, where you can savor shrimp and grits or grilled-to-perfection steaks without having to do time. Cruise to Rock Hill and park yourself at Legal Remedy Brewing Co., a former car lot. Sip craft suds while savoring the chipotle pimento cheese in the spacious covered patio that once advertised auto deals.
In Columbia, soak up the aviation vibe in a vintage airplane hangar at the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at the Hangar. Tip back a Raspberry Sour 101 and savor the delicious chicken salad sliders while sunlight streams through a myriad of glass windows. Take your time—there’s no flight to catch. A trip to Spartanburg merits a detour to RJ Rockers Brewing Company, which was once a former Salvation Army location. Socialize on the loading dock and sample craft brews or head inside for mouthwatering South Carolina brisket.
When in Charleston, don’t skip Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop, a retro auto body shop-turned-eatery serving up raw and char-grilled oysters, ultra-crispy fried chicken and glasses of sparkling wine and crisp beer to cleanse your palate. Not far from the Newberry Opera House, discover Figaro The Dining Room tucked inside a historic bank building, where the vault is now an impressive wine cellar. Menu highlights include the bacon-wrapped scallops and crispy fried green tomatoes.
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