Toby Keith’s Nixes Plans For Greenville Bar And Grill

GREENVILLE, S.C. – A popular country music-themed bar and grill chain that planned to open a location in Greenville has abandoned those plans.

Earlier this year, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill announced plans to open a restaurant at Magnolia Park on Woodruff Road, a move that it said would have brought more than 100 jobs, but the restaurant chain changed its mind.

Christine O’Rourke, a spokeswoman for Magnolia Park, said the Arizona-based restaurant chain decided it no longer wanted to expand into South Carolina.

“We see businesses every day in our business that have to make decisions like this,” said Greenville-based business consultant Phyllis Graydon. “Why is it not a good economic decision to be here? The timing is not right. Maybe they have other issues in their business, which we don’t know about.”

O’Rourke said Magnolia Park is already in talks with several well-known national chain restaurants and retailers that have expressed interested in the space.

She said the park plans to make an announcement on a replacement for Toby Keith’s within the next month or two.

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