Citizen Corners has closed, according to a note posted on the downtown Rock Hill bistro’s front door.
“We are sad to inform all of our customers, family and friends that as of today, Citizen Corners is closed,” the undated note reads. “We appreciate your support and patronage and wish you all the best.”
The restaurant’s Vault bar, located below street level under the bistro, will remain open, according to the note.
The restaurant, located in the recently renovated Professional Center at the corner of Main and Caldwell streets, was at the center of a controversial jaywalking law the city of Rock Hill imposed on Main Street in 2008.
To help the restaurant owner get a liquor license and ensure that the bistro could open in the city's historic district, city leaders imposed a new jaywalking ordinance to induce pedestrians to cross Main Street only at marked intersections.
That move helped the restaurant get a liquor license it had initially been denied, because state law says alcohol other than beer and wine cannot be served within 300 feet of a house of worship, and Rock Hill's Freedom Temple Ministries is two doors down from the restaurant site.
The city’s solution required pedestrians to use a crosswalk at one end of Caldwell, thus increasing the walking distance between the church and the restaurant.
Efforts to reach owner Hall Dozier have been unsuccessful in recent days.