Whiskey Bar Owners to Open New Restaurant
The owners of Whiskey Bar and Metro Coffeehouse and Pub will add a third restaurant and bar to their collection of successful food and drink destinations at the corner of 11th and Broad streets.
Bobby Morrison, co-owner of the two businesses along with his brother Kenny, said the brothers signed a lease on the 1,700-square-foot building at 210 11th St behind Metro around three weeks ago and have plans to convert it into a casual, southern-style restaurant and bar.
The building last functioned as First Round Bar and Lounge, which closed in 2014. Morrison said he plans to open the new restaurant in around nine months.
“If anything, it’s going to have more of a southern charm to it,” Morrison said. “My brother and I are big fans of some places in Charleston and Savannah.”
Morrison said his broader vision for the restaurant is similar to that of Whiskey Bar: high-quality food, drinks and service in an environment that is approachable for anyone.
He also plans to make the restaurant more approachable from the outside. Morrison wants to move the entrance of the new restaurant closer to the corner and renovate the brick facade.
A Charleston-inspired eatery isn’t the only challenge the Morrison brothers plan to take on in the new year. They also want to put the “coffee” back into Metro Coffeehouse and Pub. As a bar, Metro has primarily become a hub of downtown nightlife. The owners want to keep that activity consistent throughout the day with a more robust selection of blended coffee drinks.
The owners plan to give the coffeehouse a facelift in the coming weeks that will include new furniture, paint job and an expanded coffee menu that includes a wider variety of lattes and pastries.
The Morrisons plan to complete the coffeehouse renovation by St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).