Drunken Jack’s closed for repairs

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014

There are some things you can count on – the New Year’s holiday will bring more people to the beach, there will be more fireworks being shot off on New Year’s Eve and there will be some closings in the Grand Strand until at least February.

Longtime local restaurant Drunken Jack’s has joined those closing for its annual redo, an attempt to do the major fixes that have cropped up during the height of the season. If things go according to plan, the restaurant and lounge will reopen Jan. 16.

“We do this every year,” said Al Hitchcock, one of the owners of the restaurant. “There’s always something that comes up during the season, and we often put a Band-Aid on them. Then, when things slow down, we go back and do the serious work.”

Among the work being done this season is replacing awnings in the bar area with windows, replacing the ADA-compliant elevator and painting the kitchen.

“We used to close for a couple of months,” Hitchcock said. “Then we cut it to a month. Now, we close Monday through Wednesday after the holidays and for two weeks to do the major work.”

He said that the restaurant owners try to keep up with basic maintenance and the major work as it becomes necessary. “It’s easier to spend $50,000 or so every year than to face a major bill at one time.”

While Drunken Jack’s plans to reopen Jan. 16, it is possible that schedule could change, depending on how quickly the work progresses.

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