Harold’s Cabin announces it will close

The corner store-styled bar + restaurant’s history runs deep in Charleston.

The photo shows resturant Harold's Cabin, a green house-shaped building with yellow trim and a red brick base.

“As all adventures must come to an end, so are we,” Harold’s Cabin announced it will close this month.

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After years of serving up lunch, dinner, and the tastiest cocktails to Charleston locals and visitors, Harold’s Cabin is closing. The corner store-styled restaurant and bar made the announcement on Instagram Wednesday afternoon + said its last day open will be Saturday, Feb. 24.

The restaurant’s owners did not cite a reason for the closure. But they shared their appreciation for the community and customers saying, “Our off-the-beaten-path location + mentality drove us to treat everyone who came through our doors as family.” They also shared love + gratitude to their staff.

Harold’s Cabin is part-owned by actor Bill Murray and stands on President and Congress Streets in the same building as the original Harold’s Cabin, which served Charleston from the ‘20s to the ‘50s.

This photo shows another much older photo of the original Harold’s Cabin.

The original Harold’s Cabin, which served Charleston from the ‘20s to the ‘50s.

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Who is Harold?

1913: Harold Jacobs was born in Charleston in 1913 and was Sam and Mignonette Cohen Jacobs’ only child.

1929: The Jacobs family opened their first shop selling snowballs (three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry).

1930s: As business grew, it transformed into a neighborhood grocery store called Harold’s Cabin.

1950s: The store relocated to a larger space where they expanded their selection and added a mezzanine that served as a popular lunch spot.

The image shows a much older photo of Harold's Cabin and its faded sign.

Harold passed away in 2009, at the age of 96.

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1964: Harold’s Cabin was sold to Piggly Wiggly. Harold and his wife Lillian Breen Jacobs stayed and managed Harold’s Cabin Gourmet Department within the grocery store.

2009: Harold passed away at the age of 96.

2016: Yarrum Properties opened the corner store, restaurant, and bar in honor of the original Harold’s Cabin.

2024: Harold’s Cabin to close on Saturday, Feb. 24.