New gym, brewery opening in Neck Area, O'Malleys to be replaced by another bar

King Street Public Houseis expected to open next week in the shuttered O'Malleys space at 549 King St. in downtown Charleston.

Two new businesses will open in the next few weeks in Charleston's Neck Area.

Revelry Brewing Co., a new locally owned brewery, is opening in a warehouse at 10 Conroy St., possibly by the end of May, according to owner Jay Daratony.

The 4,000-square-foot brewery will include an indoor tasting room and a patio where Daratony said he hopes to have live entertainment.

Revelry, which started as a home-brewing project in a garage on Johns Island, focuses on hoppy beers infused with locally grown ingredients, such as Johns Island lemongrass, Daratony said.

Nearby, a new gym is opening in another warehouse at 16 Conroy St. Big Work Fitness Factory, owned locally by Hayden Pierpont, will open in early June. The athlete-minded gym offers high-end fitness equipment, but very few treadmills, Pierpont said.

"It is not your family fitness gym," he said. "It's a very traditional-style gym, almost West Coast feel. There's a big garage door and lots of equipment."

The 24-hour gym offers memberships for $50 per month.

O'Malleys Pub & Grille closed recently after eight years at 549 King St. Owner Kevin Cavanaugh sold the business to Jimmy Latulipe, who is in the midst of transforming the restaurant and bar into King Street Public House.

While the space is being updated with new floors and furniture, the new concept won't venture too far from O'Malleys' reputation as a watering hole for the college crowd. Latulipe said King Street Public House will remain a sports bar, and he intends to offer live entertainment for the late-night crowds.

The menu, however, will be updated with the help of Brannon Florie, head chef of the former 17 North Roadside Kitchen in Mount Pleasant. Latulipe said he hopes to appeal to an older crowd during lunch, dinner and happy hour with an expanded menu featuring Southern dishes such as catfish and grits.

The bar is expected to be open again Wednesday, Latulipe said.

A new Plato's Closet franchise location is opening in North Charleston on Thursday in North Rivers Marketplace at 7800 Rivers Ave., next to Toys 'R' Us.

Plato's Closet, a national chain of resale shops, pays cash upfront for gently used clothing for young women and resells it. Franchise owner Kha Stewart said she has purchased more than $100,000 worth of used designer women's apparel in the past eight weeks in preparation of the store opening.

Trident United Way's Women's Leadership Council is playing host to a shopping fundraiser 4-7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Charleston. Certain stores in the area will donate a portion of sales made during the event to the nonporfit.

Participating retailers are Alex and Ani, Anna Bella Florals, C. Wonder, House of Sage, J. McLaughlin, Kate Spade and Moon and Lola. A cocktail hour will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel at 387 King St. after the event.

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