Workhorse of a restaurant has a Southern accent (copy)

Southerly is shown shortly after its 2013 opening. Now vacant, the Mount Pleasant space is being leased to the operator of a Minneapolis dining venture. File/Grace Beahm/Staff

The owner of the vacant Southern Season gourmet emporium in Mount Pleasant has lined up a tenant from Minnesota for the retailer's former restaurant.

The Beach Co. said Tuesday that Butcher & The Boar has inked a deal to lease the 9,723-square-foot space in Brookgreen Town Center at 760 Coleman Blvd. 

The tenant is registered to Douglas Van Winkle. He is one of the co-founders of the original Butcher & The Boar in Minneapolis, according to news reports. 

He and a partner launched the concept in 2012 "with a simple idea," according to the restaurant's website. "Create a festive and communal dining experience with American craft food, bourbon and beer."

"It has consistently been ranked among the Twin Cities’ top restaurants," the Star-Tribune newspaper noted last year.

Van Winkle also is co-founder of another dining establishment called 4 Bells, also in the Minneapolis area.

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Butcher & The Boar's future Mount Pleasant location previously was leased to Southerly, the onsite dining establishment run by Southern Season, a gourmet food and kitchenware retailer from Chapel Hill, N.C.

Both businesses were closed in mid-2016 after three years, when their costly Lowcountry expansion failed to meet financial expectations. 

The larger Southern Season space, a former Food Lion supermarket, remains empty.

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