Rising Labor Costs and Rent Forces Furry-Friendly Mom and Pop Restaurant To Close

 Rising Labor Costs and Rent Forces Furry-Friendly Mom and Pop Restaurant To Close

Parson Jack’s Café in Charleston, SC, well-known for being a dog-friendly restaurant, has closed its doors.

Steve Morgan, general manager, said via the restaurant’s Facebook page, that he was grateful for the customers’ patronage, as well as the hard work and dedication of the employees. He said he was grateful for the last 13 years of friendship.

Morgan said the restaurant was being closed for financial reasons. He blamed the rising rent and labor market costs as reasons to close the business. He said there are many Charleston restaurants hiring, which forces wages to exceed sustainable levels and leads to Mom and Pop restaurants being pushed out.

The restaurant used its last four days to celebrate the Parson Jack’s friends and their furry family members. He said the restaurant’s final open mic night was Thursday and a live music night was set for Friday. Parson Jack’s would offer half-off food and Sunday was the last brunch. A Thank You party was set for 2 p.m. and would last until 8 p.m.

Morgan said the community’s response to the announcement has been vast and profound. He said the restaurant is donating the money on its ceiling to the Charleston Animal Society and PetHelpers during the appreciation party.

Parson Jack’s first opened in 2006 and was in its 13th year of business.