A bar and restaurant in the heart of downtown Dallas is closing for good after its owner suffered a heart attack and died on Friday, the company said.
Blue Duck Tavern, owned by former Dallas Stars star and current Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Booker, was founded in 1998 and has hosted live music and other events for years.
The bar has hosted dozens of weddings and special events in the past, but the owner’s death was the latest in a string of tragic losses for the Dallas area, including the recent death of his mother.
“The staff and management team is devastated by this news,” Blue Duck said in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our best employees.
Friday at the Blue Duck. “
The team will be holding a memorial service at 11 a.m.
Friday at the Blue Duck.
We will be providing support services to all of the staff and customers.”
The restaurant’s owner, Eric Burt, had been in a hospital with a heart condition since June 23.
He died of complications from diabetes.
Burt, who had been a regular at Blue Duck, was born in New Jersey, but moved to Texas when he was five.
He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2005.
At the time of his death, Burt was a member of the Stars’ staff.
He played for the Stars from 2001-13, the last of his three NHL seasons.
The Dallas Mavericks are not naming the man who died, but he was not on their roster.
Burt is survived by his wife, Lauren.
Last year, Blue Duck posted a statement on its Facebook page saying that it would close its doors after its third anniversary, citing “ongoing health issues.”
The owner, who died of diabetes, was an avid sports fan and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2016, he wrote an obituary for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on the way to the team’s training facility.
In 2016, Blue Drake was awarded the Dallas Morning News’ “Man of the Year” award for excellence in hospitality.
In 2017, Booker said he would be leaving the Mavericks and returning to the Dallas Stars organization.
He was also the founder of the Lone Star Sports Network.
Booker, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward, played for three teams, including Dallas’ Mavericks in the 1990s.
He was traded to the New York Rangers in a blockbuster trade in 1995 and played in seven NHL seasons with the Rangers, Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars.