The C. Grace cocktail bar on Glenwood South will be closed temporarily following a demolition mishap, according to its general manager.
Debris from the take-down of a neighboring building fell onto the smaller C. Grace building at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, damaging its roof, restrooms and preparation area, Matthew Bettinger wrote in an email. The bar is still assessing the damage and will be closed Tuesday night. Empress Room, a bar with the same management, also was damaged.
“I would not imagine that we will be closed any longer than two days,” Bettinger wrote. “We are expecting to be open before the weekend.”
No one was in the C. Grace building at the time of the incident.
Choate Construction was the general contractor on the project, which began demolition last week in order to build a luxury apartment project, according to vice president David Knudson. EHG, or Environmental Holdings Group, was the subcontractor handling the demolition, he said.
“We’re still trying to assess exactly what happened. We do know that as EHG was demolishing a portion of the building, some masonry materials fell (from a wall) onto the roof of the adjacent building,” he said.
EHG is now “working hard to get a game plan,” he said. “Their insurance company has been on site, and they have engaged in discussions with several trade contractors that would participate in the repair ... and we’ll be assisting them in any way we can.”
An EHG representative couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.