Three-in-one venue planned for downtown Greenville


Kilpatrick’s, Pour and the Comedy Zone to open in one building on Main Street


A new Irish pub, comedy club and wine bar are set to open at the end of January in the former Grille 33 space at 221 N. Main St. in downtown Greenville.

The concept is a three-in-one entertainment experience. On the first floor will be Kilpatrick’s Public House, a restaurant that will serve both American and Irish fare. Pour Boutique Lounge, a wine and champagne bar, will occupy the second floor, and the Comedy Zone, a comedy nightclub, will be located on the third floor.

The three entertainment venues are owned by Howard Dozier and his business partner Paul Talley, who together own several restaurants in Greensboro, N.C., and Myrtle Beach. Dozier said he had been keeping an eye on the Greenville area for years and believes the market is ready for the concept. “It’s something new for Greenville,” he said.

Kilpatrick’s Public House will feature a mix of American cuisine and Irish pub food. Menu options will range from hamburgers and shrimp and grits to Guinness stew and shepherd’s pie. Jay McAbee, who owned the former Grille 33 locations on Main Street and the recently closed eatery on Haywood Road, will be running the restaurant. McAbee said the food will be much more than “traditional bar food, as everything will be made fresh.”

The restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and offer sidewalk table seating. Kilpatrick’s will also make food available for order at Pour and the Comedy Zone.

Dozier describes Pour Boutique Lounge on the second floor as a place to hang out with friends on Friday and Saturday evenings. Pour will feature more than 24 different champagnes and 40 different wines along with liquor. Drinks will be served with a bottle-service concept, meaning patrons will purchase by the bottle instead of by the glass.

The Comedy Zone will feature both local and national acts on Friday and Saturday nights with two shows both nights. The earlier shows (7 p.m. on Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. on Fridays) will be for ages 18 and up, while the later shows (9 p.m. on Saturdays and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays) will be for those over 21 years old. Dozier said he hopes to attract talent heading to shows in Atlanta and Charlotte as an “in between stop.” Acts already lined up include John Reep, fifth-season winner on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Ralphie May and Pauly Shore.

The intent in locating the three venues together is to allow customers to move from one to another without ever leaving the building. “You can come in and have dinner, go upstairs and see a comedy show and then hang out afterwards at Pour,” said manager Stephanie Flesher. But each venue also stands on its own, she adds.

Flesher said she plans to rent out the second and third floor spaces and provide in-house catering during the week for groups and special events.


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