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The Daily Dish Southern Hospitality

Leva and Lamar Bonaparte Have Four Charleston Restaurants

Leva's nightclub will be the focus of Southern Hospitality, but it's not the only King Street business she owns. 

By Shannon Raphael
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Since she joined the cast of Southern Charm in Season 7, Leva Bonaparte has talked about her King Street businesses, and about how hectic her life can be as a restaurateur. 

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Leva and her husband, Lamar Bonaparte, are business partners, and they now operate four buzzed-about spots in downtown Charleston. 

Their nightclub, Republic Garden & Lounge, will soon be the central focus on the debut season of Southern Hospitality. Find out more about all four of Leva and Lamar's dining locations below.

Republic Garden & Lounge

When it comes to the nightlife scene in Charleston, Republic has become a go-to spot. 

Republic employees Grace Lilly, Maddi Reese, Mikel Simmons, Joe BradleyLucía Peña, Mia Alario, Will Kulp, and Emmy Sharrett will appear on the show. 

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Bourbon N' Bubbles

Leva Bonaparte's Bar, Bourbon N' Bubbles, Is Insanely Chic

As the name of the upscale restaurant and cocktail bar suggests, Bourbon N' Bubbles is all about whiskey and champagne.

There's one dedicated room for each type of alcohol, and VIP guests (like Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul) can secure their own liquor lockers to keep their reserved bottles away from the masses.

The eatery served as the backdrop for a Ladies Night Out on Season 8 of Southern Charm. 


Mesu is the third spot that Lamar and Leva opened, and it features a Mexican cuisine and sushi fusion concept. 

The restaurant offers sake and tequila as well, and an "artistic atmosphere."

1st Place

During Leva's first season as a Southern Charm cast member, she was trying to open up her premium sports bar, 1st Place. Despite dealing with a few pandemic-related hurdles, Leva and Lamar opened 1st Place in October 2020.

The King Street spot has more than twenty TVs inside, and it offers elevated pub food, cocktails, and local drinks on tap. 

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