Here’s a fun game: try getting a word out of the Mad River franchise. Perhaps you’ll do better than we did. In the last hour of phone calls to three locations within the restaurant chain (Baltimore, Chicago, and New York City) we’ve been hung up on twice and told by the NYC branch that the Charleston location of Mad River Bar & Grille isn’t connected to the brand — the organization’s website begs to differ.[image-2]

All this was in response to Holy City Sinner’s Sunday blog post that the Market Street restaurant and bar abruptly closed this weekend. According to a follow up blog on Eater.com, employees were notified via email on Sunday. The corporate office, which we finally got in touch with, has confirmed that the sign posted in the bar’s window is true. The Charleston location is officially closed. We asked for the manager’s name as well as the name of the owner of the Mad River franchise, but were told that that information is confidential. What will replace the bar has yet to be announced. 

So there you go. No more drunken nights in a former church. Somewhere a stained glass window expert is quietly breathing a hallelujah. 

City Paper has since been given Mad River owner John Durkin’s telephone number. We’ve left a voice message and hope to hear back soon.