Nick's Original BBQ closing on King Street because of structural problems with building

You’ll have to travel a little farther for your cheese biscuit and pulled pork fix if you’re a fan of Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street in Charleston.

Nick’s owners, Nick Pihakis and John Haire, say they’re searching for a new home because the building they’ve called home since 2005 has been closed down so significant repairs can be made to the structure.

Nick’s BBQ, (formerly Jim ‘n Nick’s) announced the closure Tuesday, saying the nearly 200 year-old building requires “immediate attention and substantial repairs.”

City of Charleston officials say an engineer discovered structural problems with the building's façade while planning a restoration of the building's exterior with owners.

City officials say they have closed the sidewalk and one lane of traffic in front of the building for safety as work begins to make repairs.

“We are forever grateful for our wonderful and talented BBQ family members who have worked hard day in and day out serving our loyal and regular guests on King Street,” Nick’s owners said Tuesday. “NEVER have we had the pleasure to be associated with such a fine group of people who have worked so hard and are so loyal to each other and to this business.”

Restaurant owners say they’re currently searching for a new home downtown, and hope to reopen on the peninsula in the near future.

In the meantime, owners say fans of their brand of barbeque can still get a hearty helping at their location on Centre Pointe Drive in North Charleston.

Nick’s owners say they also plan to open another location on Stuart Engals Boulevard in Mount Pleasant in May.

Jacob Lindsey with the city planning, preservation and sustainability department said it's up to building owners to maintain buildings, and in this case those involved did everything they were supposed to do. He said there is also no reason to believe there are structural issues at other buildings in the area.

It's a very unusual case, Lindsey said.

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