The former home of the popular downtown Aiken restaurant Betsy’s Round the Corner, which closed for good late last year, won’t be vacant much longer.
Plans call for the Park Avenue Grill & Oyster Bar to be launched there by early spring following renovations.
According to a news release issued Tuesday, 224PA LLC, “led by a coastal South Carolina restaurateur,” has purchased the two-story, 7,836-square-foot building, and “he” will open the Park Avenue Grill “with his management group.”
Charleston attorney Jesse Sanchez is the registered agent for 224PA, which was formed in August 2022, based on information posted on the S.C. Secretary of State’s website.
The restaurateur’s management group has interests in several Charleston area eateries, the release stated.
The Park Avenue Grill will offer “the freshest oysters, seafood and creative American cuisine,” according to the release.
“We are not looking to bring Charleston to Aiken,” said Jamie Stabler, a representative of the management group, in a prepared statement. “Aiken is a special place rich in tradition with a distinctive culinary history we look forward to honoring. Our goal is to offer the residents and visitors of this quaint town a unique and lively place to eat, drink and be entertained in the heart of historic downtown.”
After the former Betsy’s building is refurbished, the downstairs will have “extensive at-bar seating, an oyster bar and booth and banquet areas,” according to the release.
Upstairs amenities will include a bar and lounge area that will be open Thursday through Saturday.
“A vast range of specialty cocktails, wine and delectable desserts” will be available “into the later hours,” and Sunday Brunch will be served, the release stated.
In addition, there will be private event space upstairs where day or evening functions can be held.
Betsy’s, which was owned by Betsy Simons, was known for its hearty comfort food that was served in a diner-style setting.
The restaurant formerly was known as Betsy’s On The Corner. Before the name change and a move to Park Avenue in the fall of 2018, the eatery had been in business for six years at the intersection of Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue.
In 2017, Simons announced on the Betsy’s Facebook page that she had purchased the Park Avenue building.
The price was $680,000, and the buyer was B&W Real Estate Holdings LLC, according to Aiken County land records.
Simons is the registered agent for B&W Real Estate Holdings.
Tuesday’s press release didn’t disclose the price paid by 224PA for the structure, which was constructed in 1950 and has exterior walls of brick with concrete block backup.