River’s Edge hopes for luck of the Irish

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Owner wants The Playwright to be “most authentic Irish pub in South Carolina”

 

The Playwright, an Irish pub, is set to open the second week of August at the River’s Edge mixed-use development at River and Broad streets.

The restaurant is owned by Jason Fletcher’s High Street Hospitality Group, which also owns The Green Room, Ford’s Oyster House, the Loft at Falls Park and Sip.

When developer Phil Hughes asked him to open a restaurant at the River’s Edge development, Fletcher said he “wanted to do something unique that hasn’t been done here before.” Fletcher, who lived for a short time in Ireland, spent the past year working on the design and working with the Irish team to come up with the concept.

“We’re embracing the pub feel and expect to have people in here dressed in suits and ties along with people in shorts that just got off the trail,” said Fletcher. “We want to be a local place where everyone meets up.”

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The decor throughout the pub will feature Irish playwrights, giving a nod to the restaurant’s proximity to Centre Stage and the Peace Center. The location on River Street makes it accessible for people walking along Main Street and downtown, said Fletcher. A public parking garage is across the street. The Playwright will also offer valet parking.

The restaurant’s interior components – carpets, signature furniture, pictures, lighting and assorted bric-a-brac – all hail from Ireland. Two shipping containers arrived last week, and an eight-man crew from Ireland is on-site for the next two weeks installing everything.

The Playwright will feature a “P”-shaped bar, Victorian-etched glass with portraits of playwrights, dark wood and leather seats. A stage area will feature musical acts on Friday and Saturday nights. The Playwright will seat about 180 people in the 6,000-square-foot space.

The restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner, offering authentic Irish pub food, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie, along with some American fare such as fish, steaks and salads.

Thirty-six beers will be on tap, along with wine and cocktails and some Irish whiskeys. Brunch will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

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The pub will employ about 100 people, and Fletcher said he is already interviewing for those positions and working on partnerships with the local theaters.

“The goal is to be the best and most authentic Irish pub in South Carolina,” Fletcher said.

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