In an effort to keep their beloved Highland Tavern alive, the owners of Duffy�s Tavern have agreed to shut down on November 19th, 2020.
Duffys owner Bob Duffry and his wife, Laura, have made the decision to close the tavern after a decade in business, following an investigation by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Duffs decided to close after being told by the state that they had more than $400,000 in unpaid bills, and that they could not pay the outstanding amount.
The Duffes have also said that they�d never had a business that would be able to survive the loss of their business.
The decision comes as Duffies patrons have been trying to keep up with the cost of living.
DuFFy� s website shows that Duffey’s Tavern will remain open until December 19, 2020, at which time it will be demolished to make way for a new business space.
On the DuffY website, Duff said, �It�s been a tough few years, and we know it can be a tough road.
We have tried to do what we can to keep the tavern going, but the business is going to close on the 19th of November 2020.
We�ve been very thankful to the community for all the support and love and support.
But it�s time to move on.� As the DuFFys closing, patrons have asked Duff about his plans for his new business venture.
Duffy told MLive in an email that he plans to sell the restaurant, but will not be able open a second business.
He added that he is still planning to open a bar in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
In a Facebook post, DuFFY shared that his first business, the restaurant at the end of the street, was shut down by the owners after DuFF�s closing.
�I feel really good about what I am doing.
I am proud to be an entrepreneur,� he wrote.
�I�m just not in the business for long.
I love the community and want to keep it.
We are doing our best to make sure Duff�s stays open for another generation.�