Aiken's West Side Bowery to close after 32 years



After 32 years in business, Aiken’s West Side Bowery restaurant will close its doors for the final time Aug. 31.

Mellow Mushroom will take the place of the Bowery at 151 Bee Lane in The Alley, and it expects to open by February, according to a post on the restaurant’s Evans Facebook page Monday.

“Very happy to announce we will be opening our third Mellow (Mush­room) location in the CSRA in beautiful downtown Aiken, S.C.,” the post said before wishing West Side Bowery owner Sam Erb a happy retirement.

According to the Bowery’s Web site, the pub was established in 1981 in what used to be a horse stable.

South Carolina state Rep. Bill Taylor took to Twitter to salute the Aiken staple.

“So long to an Aiken eatery,” he said. “Aiken Alley is changing!”

Erb and Mellow Mushroom owner Shawn Ledford could not be reached Monday.