Keeping Spirits Alive During COVID-19 – Dray Bar + Grill’s In-Home Concert Series

As social distancing and even sheltering in place come to be the new norm for many, a tenant of Drayton Mills Marketplace, a historic tax equity investment of Monarch Private Capital, has implemented a unique response to COVID-19.

In an effort to keep spirits alive, Dray Bar + Grill is doing what they can to bring people together through good food and music, even if it’s just online.

The newly popular restaurant, located in the Drayton Mills Marketplace in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is hosting “Sit. Stay. Dray,” an at-home concert series, streamed on their website or Facebook Live, with the next show airing today, April 17 from 7 – 8pm ET.

Every Friday, the restaurant now features a “date night dinner special” for pickup or delivery to tenants of the Drayton Mills Lofts, as well as a live, online performance from some of the area’s best-known music artists.

Locals can order take-out or delivery from the restaurant, but anyone can stream and enjoy the live music from their homes.

Whether you’re a parent struggling to keep your children occupied as you navigate working from home or a laid-off worker searching for something to take your mind off of looming financial struggles, Dray Bar + Grill’s at-home concert series offers all households a moment of calm and togetherness.

Today, Dray Bar + Grill will feature Shane Pruitt and Joe Power of Hurt and Skip.

For more information or to stream tonight’s concert on their Facebook page, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/173569867085768/

To stream tonight’s concert on their website, please visit: https://www.draybarandgrill.com/sit-stay-dray

Please see below for a brief synopsis on the history and rehabilitation of Drayton Mills.

The History and Historic Rehabilitation of Drayton Mills

Drayton Mills was created in 1902 by Spartanburg Mayor Arch Calvert, John H. Montgomery, J.B. Cleveland, J. F. Floyd, W.A. Law, W.E. Burnett, and A.L. White. Designed by Lockwood, Greene and Company, the mill was named in honor of Col. Drayton, a Revolutionary War hero. The spinning mill was the first building constructed with the weaving mill, warehouses, and a company store added later. In 1937, Seth Milliken became the sole owner of Drayton Mills.

Over the years, the mills gained a tremendous reputation for quality production and dependability. In 1944, Drayton Mills was presented with the United States military’s coveted E Flag for its role in the war effort of manufacturing nylon material used to create the parachutes for the Normandy invasion.

For 92 years, Drayton Mills ran uninterrupted. The mill closed in the 1990s and on October 24, 2012, Drayton Mills was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. If the past is any indication of the future, the beautiful brick Romanesque and Tudor Revival buildings have an exciting 100 years in front of them.

Two historic buildings on the Drayton Mills campus house commercial space. The warehouses constructed between 1902-1950s, and positioned at the center of the site, serve as the heart of the campus. Totaling 60,000 square feet and distributed over a wide variety of spaces, the Warehouses offer restaurant, retail, and office tenants truly unique options.

The Warehouses bring life to the campus from morning to night, weekdays and weekends alike. Currently, the commercial space is occupied by the 7,000 square foot restaurant, Dray Bar & Grill.  Other tenants include Mozza Roasters and Melotte Enterprises Inc., a coffee roasting business, coffee bar and corporate headquarters; and the regional offices of Agracel, Inc., an industrial developer headquartered in Effingham, Ill.  Additional tenants include Burn Boot Camp, Pi-Squared Pizza, Holiday Brewing, and Palmetto Proactive Healthcare. 

Lastly, with the blending of historic architecture and fresh, modern amenities, this venue is used for corporate events, weddings, and live performances.

ABOUT THE DRAYTON MILLS DEVELOPER

TMS Development and Construction Management is a full-service development firm that specializes in the renovation of historic tax credit transactions. TMS Development and Construction Management is one of The Sherbert Group companies. 

The Sherbert Group is a premier provider of accounting, tax, consulting, development and management, and investing and lending services to the real estate tax credit and Opportunity Zones industry. The Group performs services for clients nationwide with a combined portfolio well in excess of $3 billion

Since its rehabilitation, Drayton Mills has been recognized for its positive impact on the community in many ways, including awards such as The National Community Impact Award and the 2018 South Carolina Honor Award.