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Morehead Street Tavern has its last call

By Théoden Janes
Pop Culture Writer

Morehead Street Tavern, a bar on the edge of uptown that served many a resident of the Camden Grandview apartments across the street, has closed.

The bar opened in 2004. The last drink was poured by a Morehead Street Tavern staffer on Sunday, co-owner Derek Presley said.

"Economy-wise, it was just time for a change," Presley said. "In the hospitality industry, when gas becomes $4, we're the last thing that people think about doing."

Presley's family has owned the two-story brick building since the mid-1960s, when it opened as The Cellar. From there it changed to Country Underground, then was reopened as The Cellar in the 1980s, when it became a popular college bar.

After that, the Presleys tried a couple of restaurant concepts and a Latin-themed club called Salamandra's before introducing Morehead Street Tavern.

Presley's family owns T-Bones Steak House & Saloon on Lake Wylie and Coyote Joe's on Wilkinson Boulevard.

And it's possible the Presleys will be back in business at 300 E. Morehead St. in the future.

"The building's been in our family forever and a day, so ... we don't really have any direction right now that we know we're going in," Presley said. "But if history keeps repeating itself, I'm sure we'll have something here soon."

Théoden Janes: tjanes@charlotteobserver.com
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