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Gastropub opening on West Street in Beaufort

Pub owner John Marshall is shown Friday evening inside his  Old Bull Tavern on West Street in downtown Beaufort.
Pub owner John Marshall is shown Friday evening inside his Old Bull Tavern on West Street in downtown Beaufort. Sarah Welliver

With little fanfare, the Old Bull Tavern, a new gastropub with British decor, is expected to open next week in Beaufort.

"We may not do anything," owner John Marshall said of the opening. "We may just open the doors and see what happens."

In the works since June, the restaurant at 205 West St. was originally expected to open this summer in the former home of Bistro 205, Breakwater Restaurant and Bar.

Much of the delay was to create the right ambiance, Marshall said. That meant importing furniture and decorations from shuttered British pubs. A leather couch and stools came from Scotland. Whiskey barrels serve as stands. Old photos of the Cardiff Brewery and a mirror from the 1950s adorn the walls.

"It's easy to go out and buy something new, but it's hard to buy something old," Marshall said. "And it's hard to make someplace feel old when everything inside is new."

The look may be old, but the menu will be updated almost daily with a rotation of bar snacks, appetizers and entrees chosen according to the availability of fresh ingredients -- and whatever Marshall, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, feels like making that day.

Old Bull Tavern, however, will not have typical fried bar food, he said, as there is no fryer.

Hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Information: 843-379-2855

In other changes about town:

  • Fat Patties burger and beer restaurant is celebrating its grand opening at 4 p.m. Wednesday at 831 Parris Island Gateway in Port Royal. Complimentary food and drinks will be served until 5:30 p.m. Fat Patties opened in August after owner Nick Borreggine spent about a year converting a house into the restaurant. Information:, 843-379-1500
  • On Monday, Hargray Communications will move its Beaufort store from 130 Robert Smalls Parkway to 60 Robert Smalls Parkway, into the former Charter Communications store. Hargray bought Charter's northern Beaufort County cable TV services this summer.
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