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Rosewood neighborhood bar is shut for good

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A popular neighborhood bar in Rosewood has closed its doors.

The landlord for the Kraken Gastropub says the bar has moved out of the building at Rosewood Drive and South Holly Street. Scott Mechling says he’s searching for a new tenant.

“I hope we could do another neighborhood-type pub,” Mechling told The State.

Owner Aaron Klugh could not be reached for comment.

The bar and restaurant closed a couple weeks ago, leading to confusion about its status. One post in the Rosewood Neighbors Facebook group said the Kraken would soon reopen under a new name. But Mechling said the previous owner’s efforts to find a buyer were unsuccessful and for now, the space will remain vacant.

The Kraken opened in 2012 with a selection of Southeastern craft brews and a Southern cuisine menu. It closed for maintenance in July 2017, re-opening with new nightly specials in January 2018. Klugh also opened the Black Market Tavern on Devine Street in 2017.

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Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.
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