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East Side dive The Palace Hotel reopening this weekend after lengthy recovery from last year's fire

Palace Hotel reopens

Taylor Grant in his Palace Hotel shirt. The East Side bar is due to reopen this weekend. File/Wade Spees/Staff

The Palace Hotel is back in business.

The no-frills dive bar with a cult following on Charleston's East Side will reopen for brunch at 11 a.m. Saturday, more than a year after an electrical fire broke out in the upstairs apartment and forced it to close.

Taylor Grant, who co-owns it with Shep Rose from Bravo's "Southern Charm," said it's the same old Palace Hotel that patrons are used to dropping by for a cheap beer and a hot dog, the bar's specialty.

"We put everything back exactly the same as it was," he said. "Hopefully, you'll see no difference."

Inspectors with the Charleston Fire Department said space heaters caused the fire in the apartment at 35 Hanover St. last January. The Palace Hotel was left with significant water damage. 

"Any time there’s a fire, there’s going to be challenges — from rebuilding, to insurance, to re-staffing. It all takes time," Grant said. "But although it may have taken a while, we’ve had a pretty smooth transition and we’re happy with the outcome."

While working to repair the Palace, Grant, Rose and other business partners opened The Commodore about a year ago. The former jazz club on Meeting Street hosts live music by local bands several nights a week, and it tends to get pretty packed on weekends.

"We love the East Side. We’re happy to be a part of it, and the neighborhood has been so inviting," Grant said.

He said he thinks there will be a lot of buzz about the reopening of the Palace, too.

"It’s one of the places people would call their neighborhood spot," he said. "It’s off the beaten path, and everybody likes a place off the beaten path."

Rose and other "Southern Charm" cast members have been known to pop in every once and a while, and Bill Murray's been spotted there at least a few times.

The bar will resume its regular business hours Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Brunch is every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Reach Abigail Darlington at 843-937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.