Shem Creek Bar & Grill sold for $4.9 million, and will soon become Shem Creek Crab House. Angie Avinger, owner of Shem Creek Bar & Grill since 1984 when she purchased the restaurant with her late husband for $200,00, sold the property to affiliates of Charleston real estate investor John Derbyshire.
Minor repairs are needed before John Keener, longtime Charleston restauranteur leases the space and takes over the operations, re-opens the restaurant as Shem Creek Crab House in a few weeks. Keener also owns Charleston Crab House, Charleston Oyster House and A.W. Shucks Seafood Shack.