Florence’s Loft Sports Bar & Grill a place to relax, lounge

November 11, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Loft Sports Bar & Grill looks to bring a different vibe to downtown Florence.

The Loft, at 163 N. Dargan St., is the newest addition to Florence’s downtown business district. The restaurant opened up at the end of August.

Joy and Craig Walker previously owned Ashton’s, a former club in Florence. The two decided to sell and get out of the business, but were looking to do something more family-friendly, but still fun for adults.

“Everyone was on us about opening something for grown folk,” Joy said. “We talked and we decided that if we’d do anything, it’d be a restaurant and bar type of business.”

Joy said the two began to look for a place where their concept could fit and thought downtown Florence would be the perfect location.

“We noticed that there wasn’t a place that you could relax and just lounge in downtown,” Joy said. “There are a lot of great places, but we wanted to give an atmosphere where someone just getting off of work could come in still in uniform, enjoy some good wings, a cold drink and watch a game.”

The Loft offers several wing flavors, including Honey Lemon Pepper, Dry Lemon Pepper, Hot Lemon Pepper, BBQ, Hot, Medium, Mild, Fried, Buffalo, Teriyaki, Hot Yaki, Sweet Chili, Honey Mustard and Hot Honey.

In addition to its wings, the restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches and many sides including mozzarella sticks, fried okra, onion rings, French fries, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes.

“We want everyone to be welcome,” Joy said. “We want a diverse atmosphere where people can come in, mix and mingle and just relax. The downtown growth and redevelopment really should make that possible. We want people that may be staying in the hotel that just want to get out for a couple of drinks and to watch the game to be able to come and just have a good time.”

The bar and grill is open, but hasn’t hosted a grand opening yet. Joy said that she is waiting to make a few more minor changes before the event takes place. The restaurant is still experimenting with hours, but will be open weeknights and for major sporting events.

Joy said the restaurant will close at 10 p.m. on most weekdays and can stay open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The best way to contact the restaurant is at 843-206-7355 and one follow its Facebook page.

Joy said that the restaurant will be available for private functions.

“We wanted to give Florence a place with reasonable prices that everyone can afford and a place that is family-friendly,” Joy said. “We’re really exciting to see it grow.”

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