2 downtown Greenville restaurants close, American Grocery and Breakwater

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Greenville S.C (WSPA) — Two restaurants owners in downtown Greenville have served their last meals and are officially closed for business.

American Grocery Restaurant on South Main Street shut down last week after a 10-year run. Breakwater, which was opened for five years, served its last meal on Saturday.

Breakwater owner Gary Lang says the the lack of available staff and increased competition from newer restaurants made it difficult to run a successful operation.

“It seems like it’s just honeymoon after honeymoon after honeymoon and the existing restaurants have to sit there and weather the storm through all that,” said Lang. “Where we found ourselves, they’re way too many restaurants vying for our exact clientele.”

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association says it formed a task force to address the high turnover associated with the industry.

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