Trio Bar & Kitchen closes in The Alley in downtown Aiken

October 2, 2018

Downtown Aiken’s residents and visitors lost one of their options for drinking and dining this past weekend.

Trio Bar & Kitchen closed in The Alley on Saturday.

Janice Rodriguez, who owned Trio in partnership with Dr. Philip Jordan and Jeffrey Jordan, said in a telephone interview Monday that their decision to shut down the restaurant was made “with much regret and heavy hearts.”

Rodriguez and the Jordan brothers established Up Your Alley Chop House on the Trio site in 2013. They changed the Chop House’s name to Trio in 2015.

At that time, Philip Jordan said the goal was to make Trio “a fun local neighborhood place with good, affordable prices.”

Bryan Mitchell was a partner in Trio for a while.

The eatery served hamburgers, chicken wings, seafood and filet mignon. Also on the menu were salads, pimento cheese wontons and tomato and bacon bisque.

“We’re disappointed on behalf of our staff and the great people of Aiken, who have really supported us,” Rodriguez said. “We have attempted since January to renegotiate our lease, which expired at the end of August, for a reasonable amount, but we were unable to come to an agreement. We also tried purchasing the building and couldn’t reach an agreement on the price. That’s where we really ran into all of our problems.”

There are no plans to reopen Trio at another location.

“It’s been an exhausting and hard five years,” Rodriquez said. “We brought this business up from nothing, and we did so much with it. We worked on trying to get a deal until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. We felt bad because we kept hoping and hoping everything would work out. At this point we’re tired.”

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