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This Hilton Head restaurant is being sued for over $2 million. Will it reopen?

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This story has been updated to reflect a decision by the owner to close the business.

A Hilton Head Island restaurant that opened in June 2017 is being sued for foreclosure for over $2 million, according to Beaufort County Court records.

Darren Clarke’s Tavern — located at 8 Executive Park Road — is the subject of a lawsuit filed Sept. 28 by Synovus Bank against Back Nine Realty LLC., DCMD Restaurant Group, LLC, Rosemary Doyle and Michael Doyle.

The steakhouse is the first by professional golfer Darren Clarke. It is known for its Irish pub-like atmosphere.

The lawsuit alleges $2,516,200 was due in unpaid mortgage payments as of Aug. 27. The amount the bank wants also includes $35,699 in interest, $8,068 in loan fees and $5,410 in late charges.

“Borrowers have defaulted in payment of the note and mortgage by failing to make payments when due under said documents,” the lawsuit says. “The note and mortgage are therefore in default and the bank has declared the entire balance of principal to be immediately due and payable.”

The restaurant announced on Facebook last week that it would be closed until further notice after a pipe burst.

When asked Wednesday if the foreclosure lawsuit contributed to the restaurant closing, owner Michael Doyle said the restaurant had not yet been able to get the pipe fixed, and that it hopes to reevaluate when the tavern will reopen in the new year.

“We want to sell the building to an investor so we can stay,” Doyle said. “They’d hopefully take over and buy (the restaurant) from the bank.”

Hours later Wednesday, the restaurant announced on Facebook that it would not be reopening in 2019.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers for their patronage,” the post said. “We are sorry to inform you that our tavern will not be reopening in the new year.”

Doyle added that the restaurant plans to reach out to those with reservations to cancel them.

Caitlin Turner is the retail and business reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked in the news industry for five years in both Ohio and South Carolina and loves the Lowcountry life.

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