Longtime Redding bar Bert & Ernie's served its last drink Saturday night.
The bar's manager and part-owner Jeff Graeff, said he made the decision to close the 10-year-old establishment on Thanksgiving. Graeff told us, "Business is just not what it used to be."
Graeff said business has declined over the years, and partially blames the closure on the bar's location off Hilltop Drive. "All the business is downtown these days," said Graeff.
On Saturday the closure was posted on the Bert & Ernie's Facebook page. Graeff said within a few hours he had received more than 200 text messages and calls from loyal patrons and friends who were upset with the closure.
Graeff says this is not the end of the road for him in the restaurant and food business. Graeff said, "I'm going to take a few months off and enjoy myself and look into other possibilities."
Bert & Ernie's was located on 825 Industrial Street. The building is now vacant.