Friday, December 9, 2022

New Leland restaurant Bluestar Kitchen Bar abruptly closes

It was supposed to be a neighborhood restaurant for Leland's north side, but its sudden closure leaves questions about its future

Bluestar Kitchen Bar has abruptly closed, just over one month after opening in Leland.. (Port City Daily photo/Benjamin Shachtman)
Bluestar Kitchen Bar has abruptly closed, just over one month after opening in Leland. (Port City Daily photo/Benjamin Shachtman)

LELAND – After opening just over a month ago, the Bluestar Kitchen Bar restaurant off Village Road has closed.

Read more: New restaurant, Bluestar Kitchen Bar, now open in Leland

Bluestar opened as the first brick and mortar establishment featurin the food of Stephen Harrington, the chef and owner behind Steviemack’s International Food Truck. The restaurant held its soft opening on March 23, with Harrington as general manager and creative consultant. The restaurant served his signature mash-up of low country and East Asian cuisine.

Last week, a sign appeared in the window of the restaurant reading:

“Due to unfortunate circumstances, Bluestar will be closed for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your patronage, and support thus far. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Appearing overnight in the window at Bluestar Kitchen Bar in Leland, this note indicated the restaurant was 'closed for the foreseeable future.' (Port City Daily photo/Benjamin Schachtman)
Appearing last week in the window at Bluestar Kitchen Bar in Leland, this note indicated the restaurant was ‘closed for the foreseeable future.’ (Port City Daily photo/Benjamin Schachtman)

Harrington said he could not comment on the closing, saying only that he was “no longer affiliated with that enterprise.”

Harrington continues to run his food truck and said he was planning a new venture in the future.

It remains unclear what caused Bluestar to close. Leland Assistant Town Manager Niel Brooks said the town had not had any code enforcement issues. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office had no records of incidents or seizures at Bluestar. Likewise, the county’s Health Department had no record of an issue at the restaurant.

While Leland is experiencing rapid growth, the majority of the region’s new restaurants have opened in the southwest along Highway 17, including the Waterford and Brunswick Forest developments. In an earlier interview, Harrington said his choice of location on the north side of Leland, off Village Road, was a point of pride, saying that he looked forward to opening “in a neighborhood that sorely needs a neighborhood place.”


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