Cesca offers a taste of southern Italy (copy)

The former Cesca Ristorante & Trattoria was located at 5 Faber St. in downtown Charleston. Hall Management Group bought the site Thursday to use as a private event space. File/Staff

A prominent Charleston dining group bought a former restaurant space on the peninsula Thursday.

Hall Management Group purchased 5 Faber St., the site of the short-lived Italian restaurant Cesca Ristorante & Trattoria that closed in 2013.

The group plans to transform the 7,100-square-foot space into a private events facility behind Slightly North of Broad, or S.N.O.B. restaurant, which it owns at 192 East Bay St.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The site includes a 1,564-square-foot commercial kitchen, full bar with granite countertops, lobby with baby grand piano and mezzanine lounge area. 

"We receive requests every day for weddings, rehearsal dinners and evening business outings that are difficult to provide for our customers with our current restaurants," said Bill Hall, president and CEO of HMG. "This property will provide us with much-needed event space."

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To bring the site into the mix, restrooms will be relocated in S.N.O.B., and the new site will improve kitchen efficiency and storage of the existing restaurant with the addition of a walk-in cooler and freezer. 

In addition to S.N.O.B., Hall Management Group owns Halls Chophouse and High Cotton in downtown Charleston, Old Village Post House Inn in Mount Pleasant, Rita's Seaside Grille on Folly Beach and Halls Chophouse in Greenville.

Another Halls Chophouse is planned for the developing Nexton area near Summerville.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.