Liberty Tap Room Mount Pleasant

Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant is the latest Charleston-area restaurant to turn out the lights. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Another Charleston-area restaurant is turning off the burners.

After 10 years, Liberty Tap Room & Grill planned to close its Mount Pleasant location after dinner service Friday, co-owners Jerry Scheer and Mark Cumins announced on Facebook.

The veteran restaurateurs are exploring rebranding the 8,000-square-foot location at 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. near Anna Knapp Boulevard and turning it into an event space for wedding receptions, private parties and dinners.

“We have loved serving the Mount Pleasant community for almost 25 years, as both TBonz and Liberty Tap Room, but we have listened to the requests and think transforming the space into an event venue will better suit us (as) a company and the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Emmy Scott, marketing director for Charleston-based Homegrown Hospitality Group, which owns the restaurant.

The building served as TBonz Gill & Grill for 13 years before opening as Liberty Tap Room in 2009.

Scott also noted that with the major labor shortage that all Charleston restaurants currently face, Homegrown Hospitality Group will be able "to quickly place" existing Liberty staff members at its sister restaurants including Pearlz Oyster Bar, Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe and TBonz Gill & Grill locations in downtown Charleston and in West Ashley.

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Homegrown Hospitality Group includes nine restaurant concepts with more than 20 locations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

The closing is not expected to affect any of the other four Liberty Tap Room  locations across South Carolina — in Columbia, Greenville, Irmo and Myrtle Beach. The company also has two Liberty Brewery & Grill sites in Myrtle Beach and High Point, N.C., that also are not expected to be affected. 

The restaurant's departure follows the February closing of the nearby Congress restaurant after a three-year run across Johnnie Dodds and Hominy Grill in downtown Charleston, which closes Sunday after nearly 24 years.

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