Once a drive-in, later a pool hall and most recently a restaurant and bar, the former Keith's Place on Ribaut Road is getting new life as a thrift store.
The Child Abuse Prevention Association of Beaufort is moving its CAPA's Closet in Port Royal from the Midtown Village Center to 1340 Ribaut Road, executive director Susan Cato said. CAPA's mission is to raise awareness of child abuse.
The association hopes to have the new and bigger store running by the end of the year. A four-bay garage in the back will be cleaned up next year and provide additional space for a parents' center, support groups and other programs, she said.
All store proceeds support CAPA, she said. The mortgage payments on the new location are expected to be lower than the store's current rent, Cato said. It has been in Midtown Village Center for about 10 of its 15 years in business. In time, she said, CAPA will be able to pay off the mortgage on the new building.
"Every dollar the thrift store clears goes right to our programs, so we're excited about one day not having to pay rent or a mortgage," she said.
The purchase and renovation are expected to cost about $300,000, but after the work is completed, the property will be worth about $500,000, Cato said. CAPA recently received a $150,000 donation that it will use to go toward the mortgage and renovations, allowing it to make the move now, she said.
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Carolina Dog & Deli at 968 Ribaut Road is the newest restaurant venture by certified executive chef Joe Fox. Starting in 1994, he owned and operated a Schlotzsky's Deli, later called Joe's Deli, and then Joe Fox's, a fine-dining restaurant, both in Orangeburg.
He came to Beaufort three years ago at the suggestion of a friend who pointed out that Fox would have to work decades to pay off the loan for Joe Fox's. So he sold both restaurants and took a job as assistant general manager at a local restaurant chain. A few months ago, he decided to get back in business for himself.
Hot dogs will range from $2.50 to $3, and sandwiches will be $4 to $6. Soup and the hot-dog chili are made from scratch, and cookies are baked fresh. The deli will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend hours yet to be decided.