The historic former Burdette Hardware building at the corner of East Curtis and South East Main streets, downtown Simpsonville, is getting new life as a roughly 27,000-square-foot redeveloped restaurant and retail hub that will include Sidewall Pizza and Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery.
Currently partially occupied by five tenants, Burdette Central, as it’s been renamed by developer and co-owner Four Oaks Property Group, will house five additional restaurants or retail users, include an outdoor patio and beer garden, and include potential office use in the 9,600-square-foot second floor.
Sidewall Pizza, which will be located in a 1,800-square-foot separate building on the property, and Kaffeine, in a 1,167-square-foot space in the main building, are the first new tenants to execute leases for the project, but the developers are actively seeking others. Available spaces in the main building include a 2,226-square-foot restaurant space fronting East Curtis Street, a 160-square-foot shipping container facing the planned beer garden, and a 1,520-square-foot storefront on Main Street. The 9,600-square-foot second floor is available for single or multiple users.
Four Oaks Property Group entered the Greenville market about 18 months ago with the announcement of Gather GVL, the under-construction shipping container outdoor food hall in Greenville’s West End planned to open this June.
Burdette Central, designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, should begin construction in 90 days and will include similar elements of the West End family friendly gathering place.
“These days, businesses are becoming less and less isolated entities, and more and more about community and neighborhood,” said Doug Cross, Four Oaks Property Group managing principal. “We envision Burdette Central as a hub … for businesses and for people to come together to socialize, enjoy some great coffee, a delicious pizza, and contribute to the buzz and bustle that is beginning to energize Simpsonville.”
Cross says downtown Simpsonville reminds him of downtown Travelers Rest about 10 years ago. Since then, Travelers Rest has experienced enormous growth in both residential and commercial markets.
No one knows that more than Andy O’Mara, co-owner of Sidewall Pizza that opened first in Travelers Rest before popping up in several more locales. Monkey Wrench Smokehouse and Rocket Surgery, both on Main Street in Travelers Rest, are also part of the Sidewall restaurant family.
“There’s a lot happening down there,” he says. “We hope this will bring more life downtown like we saw in Travelers Rest.”
Sidewall Pizza will take over the former free-standing upholstery shop on the property and add on a 1,000-square-foot, fully enclosed patio as well as turn the area behind the building into a green space, similar to the one behind Monkey Wrench Smokehouse.
The turn-in from Main Street to the parking lot between Sidewall and the main building will be closed off, creating designated parking for the development accessed only from East Curtis Street with the option of closing it off to vehicular traffic completely for larger outdoor gatherings and festivals.
Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery will occupy a space on the back of the building that opens onto the parking lot.
Owners Debbie and Steven Goss submitted this statement about the business:
“With a background in culinary and small batch specialty coffee, we have been blessed with the opportunity to turn our coffee roasting business into a coffee shop with onsite roasting. Carefully sourcing single origins, we roast each batch with precision to provide a wonderfully consistent coffee experience.
“Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery wishes to provide a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a variety of fresh roasted coffee types and light fares. We contemplated many spaces in the Greenville area, however, being a part of Burdette Central and downtown Simpsonville just seemed a natural choice for us. Simpsonville has always given us this warm, welcoming, homey vibe and we feel this is our chance to give back some of that good feeling.”
Cross says he believes this project could be the cornerstone of the redevelopment in Simpsonville.
“We’re hoping to be in the forefront of a smartly planned economic boom, the kind of boom that has invigorated many other Southeastern cities and towns,” he said. “This new generation of entrepreneurs is looking to grow strong businesses, but they’re also looking to help build strong, healthy communities that contribute to the greater good. We expect Burdette Central to be a part of that.”