Harold’s Cabin construction to start this month

John Schumacherwith his Pig-on-a-Stick. No footlong corn dogs are planned for Harold's Cabin. (Brad Nettles/postandcourier.com)

One year after announcing plans to resurrect the original Harold’s Cabin as a contemporary restaurant, the partners behind the project say progress is back on track.

“We have had a few delays in the process,” says John Schumacher, the longtime RiverDogs food specialist who joined with Bill Murray, Mike Veeck and Ben Danofsky to renovate the legendary emporium at the corner of Congress and President streets.

Schumacher says the group is “pushing to restart by the end of April.” The project’s contractor estimates the work can be completed in five months, he adds.

Harold’s Cabin opened in 1929 as a snowball stand. Within a few years, the business had expanded to include a deli and grocery. Harold’s Cabin relocated to downtown Charleston in the early 1950s.

Currently, the building consists only of its rickety façade. A scrawny Christmas tree appeared outside the front door during the holidays, but there’s currently no sign of activity at the address.

Still, Schumacher says the team remains committed to its vision of a farm-to-table restaurant with a small produce market. “It’s just a really exciting project,” Schumacher told The Post and Courier in March 2014.