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Vineyard 55 now closed in Old Town Bluffton

6. CALHOUN STREET. Three businesses moved out of Old Town Bluffton's Calhoun Street this year, including boutique Eggs 'n' Tricities, The Filling Station Art Gallery and wine bar Vineyard 55 (pictured above). Eggs 'n' Tricities and The Filling Station Art Gallery both moved to Lawton Street while Vineyard 55's owner Jon Rinaldi has yet to announce plans for his restaurant's relocation. (File/Staff photo)
6. CALHOUN STREET. Three businesses moved out of Old Town Bluffton's Calhoun Street this year, including boutique Eggs 'n' Tricities, The Filling Station Art Gallery and wine bar Vineyard 55 (pictured above). Eggs 'n' Tricities and The Filling Station Art Gallery both moved to Lawton Street while Vineyard 55's owner Jon Rinaldi has yet to announce plans for his restaurant's relocation. (File/Staff photo) afahey@islandpacket.com

A popular Bluffton wine bar has shuttered after four years of operation in Old Town.

Vineyard 55, formerly at 55 Calhoun St., closed Monday, according to owner Jon Rinaldi.

"We will be closing our doors after this weekend due to unforeseen problems with the landlord," reads a Sept. 19 post on the restaurant's Facebook page.

A Sept. 20 comment from the restaurant on the post added: "We are sorry that we were greedily put out of business without it being our choice ... we would (have) loved to stay in this location forever, but the landlord thinks it's a better location for someone else."

When asked for details on Tuesday, Rinaldi said the restaurant's landlord would not renew the lease. He added there are no specific plans yet for a relocation and that his lawyer, Roberts Vaux, advised him to not go into further detail until Oct. 1.

Rinaldi said last week he is planning to move Vineyard 55 to a new address next month. The restaurant has been in operation since March 2011.

Attempts to reach Don Guscio, the listed property owner for 55 Calhoun St., on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Last week, Babbie Guscio, who returned a voicemail left for her husband, Don Guscio, confirmed the lease was not renewed, but would not offer further comment.

Follow reporter Ashley Fahey at twitter.com/IPBG_Ashley.

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