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High-end lounge, comedy club to open in downtown Greenville

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The building where the new lounge, restaurant and comedy club will be located on N. Main Street. (March 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) The building where the new lounge, restaurant and comedy club will be located on N. Main Street. (March 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A two-story, 10,000-square-foot property along North Main Street in the heart of downtown Greenville is set to get a major facelift.

Formerly the location of Grille 33 and The Channel, business partners Howard Dozier and Paul Talley are bringing a new restaurant, bar and comedy club to town.

Dozier said they plan to renovate the first floor space into a restaurant and high-end lounge while the second story will be transformed into The Comedy Zone. Directly across the street from the Hyatt and NOMA Square, it will add to an already bustling part of downtown.

And the city is onboard for the project, approving their special exception application to stay open and serve alcohol from midnight to 2 a.m. Dozier said the lounge portion of the business will only be for customers 21 years and older.

Talley already operates another franchise location of the Zone in Greensboro, and Dozier said they hope to land local and well-known comedians once the club opens who may travel to-and-from Charlotte and Atlanta.

"It's a natural progression for comedians to stop in Greenville," Dozier said.

The comedy club is expected to be open Friday and Saturday nights and will likely have local comedian nights in addition to hopefully some bigger names. Dozier said they've had Chris Rock, Norm MacDonald, and most recently Chris Tucker at their North Carolina location.

The $400,000-plus investment in downtown has been in the works for a while, as Dozier said he has been looking into the Greenville market for two years and is excited to bring something new to the area.

He said the 21-and-up bar will have a boutique feel where customers can enjoy bottle service and the atmosphere of a major metropolitan lounge.

Dozier said they hope renovations will begin in July and the business will open by the end of the year. Dozier is a licensed builder in both North Carolina and South Carolina and builds his projects, which includes a sports bar in Myrtle Beach.

Together, he and Talley have several years experience in the restaurant, nightclub businesses and are looking forward to this new collaboration.

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