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The Church's Chicken fast-food restaurant on Meeting Street in Charleston is dark again after closing recently for a second time in less than a year. A spokeswoman says it could reopen by the spring. File/Staff

A fast-food chicken restaurant in downtown Charleston might be sizzling again by the spring.

Church's Chicken at 492 Meeting St. is tentatively set to reopen "sometime in April," according to the Atlanta-based company's spokeswoman Kim Miller.

The restaurant quietly closed its doors a few weeks ago for the second time in less than a year.

It originally went dark suddenly one year ago this month after disputes over unpaid loans, rent and back taxes totaling more than $3.3 million with a South Carolina franchisee.

After last year's closings of several restaurants in the Charleston area caught up in the legal entanglement, Church’s Chicken corporate headquarters said the company was trying to secure new leases so the locations could open as company-operated restaurants.

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The restaurant on Meeting Street reopened in late April along with others that were closed.

Four others in the region — in West Ashley, Moncks Corner and two in North Charleston — remain open. Another on Rivers Avenue near Aviation Avenue in North Charleston is closed. Miller said it is set to reopen in March. It's unclear how long it has been shut down.

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Warren Lance Wise covers retail, real estate and Charleston International Airport for The Post and Courier. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he holds nearly 50 local, state and national awards for journalistic excellence.