Source: ABC News 4
BY BRODIE HART | JUNE 9th, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A popular former downtown restaurant hopes to make a comeback, three years after it burned to the ground.
The Brick restaurant sat on East Bay Street nearly a dozen years until it caught fire in April of 2013.
Its owner, Matthew Quillen, says it only took 30 minutes for the flames to engulf the building.
“Just sitting there about one o’clock and my cook says, ‘Hey there’s smoke coming out of the vent,'” he said. “Within 30 to 45 minutes later, there were 30 foot flames at that point. It’s like, alright we’re not going to be back for a while.”
Long after the flames were out and only ashes were left, the prodding began.
“For three years straight it was, ‘When’s it coming back? Are you bringing The Brick back?'”
It never really left for Matthew.
“I never in my mind was trying to move on from the Brick. The goal in my mind was to get back,” he said.
Joejoe Fahey worked at the restaurant above The Brick.
“Everyone had that same feeling like something had been taken away from them,” he said.
He’s now a bartender at Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill downtown, and will be helping out at The Brick when it reopens.
“To have The Brick reopen is exciting. It finalizes, you know what, someone actually did it,” he said.
The Brick is set to open on Ann Street downtown in August.
“There’s always been a void missing since the whole thing,” Quillen said.
It’s the support of friends and family that gave him the push he needed.
“That’s what pushed me: The love that The Brick had. Until the fire I didn’t realize how much The Brick was liked.”