Note: This story has been edited to reflect the correct business owners.
It appears that, as the hot summer comes to an end, so must the serving of hot franks at Peace, Love and Hot Dogs on Boundary Street in Beaufort.
After a reader suggested that the restaurant might be abandoned, The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette decided to investigate. From our findings, we believe the eatery has closed.
A sign posted on the front door of Peace, Love and Hot Dogs reads, “Closed until Labor Day! Gone Fishing.” The sign remained on the door as of Sept. 9, and the shop was locked up during regular business hours. Debris and tree branches, possibly from Tropical Storm Hermine, litter the front porch. A Palmetto Environmental Solutions truck has been sitting in the parking lot for days.
The phone number posted on the restaurant’s sign and Facebook page receives a “cannot be completed” message when dialed.
Co-owner Vaughn Keown confirmed with The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette Tuesday morning that the restaurant was indeed closed. Keown operated the restaurant with co-owner Teresa Cox.
Peace, Love and Hot Dogs opened June 3 at 911 Boundary St. in the former Yes Thai Indeed building. The restaurant served hot dogs, beer, homemade chili and cole slaw, and it offered lunch delivery.
Sherry Poplin, owner of the building, said Friday she had not heard from the owners. Poplin said she is talking to other potential tenants and is searching for a new lease holder.
“I think (the location) could be great,” she said. “But it has to be the right thing.”