Longstanding Legacies Bar & Grill isn't gone; it's just in the process of moving.
The sports bar and grill's owner and managers spoke Friday on the establishment's move to behind Sumter Mall and that it won't be long before patrons can again …
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The sports bar and grill's owner and managers spoke Friday on the establishment's move to behind Sumter Mall and that it won't be long before patrons can again enjoy their favorite drink, wings and other items.
Danny Morris, Legacies' owner since 2010, said the new location at 445 Rast St. will open by mid- to late July. The building, which is about 6,000 square feet, is generally known as the former home of private club Xclusions and was built in 2008 by Morris, who is a general contractor.
Legacies' previous home was in Gateway Plaza, at the intersection of Broad Street and Alice Drive. Morris, manager Jason Rowe and manager/bartender Matt Beben said the bar and grill was in that plaza for more than 30 years and is the longest-standing bar in Sumter.
It had to stop operations in mid-March when South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster closed all bars and restaurants in the state because of COVID-19, and it turned out to be a good opportunity to relocate, Morris said.
Legacies' atmosphere will be the same as before, they said.
The facility is undergoing a major upgrade since Xclusions was a private club, and it's now being transformed into a bar-and-grill look with all the TV screens you could imagine.
With the new location will come some menu enhancements, they said.
A lot of favorites will still be there, such as wings, gator bites and hand-cut French fries and wing chips. Some items that didn't sell as well have been removed from the menu.
"It's less items but more options," Morris said.
Wings can come with close to 20 different sauces, and customers will be able to build-a-burger as they want.
"If you want to add egg to a cheeseburger, you can," he said. "You can get the burger plain or fully loaded with mushrooms or anything."
Sandwiches can also be converted to wraps.
The biggest change in the sports bar and grill is it will be non-smoking, Morris said.
There will be a patio area in the back for people who want to smoke.
Legacies will still be open seven days a week with the same hours. Pool tables and dart boards will still be inside. Bands will still perform at times on Friday nights, and college football, NFL and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fights will also be the popular entertainment.
"It's a new building but the same spirit of Legacies," Beben said.
Legacies Bar & Grill
445 Rast St. (Behind Sumter Mall)
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to midnight
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