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Albion resident would like to see Crooked Door Tavern reopened

Posted 8 October 2017 at 9:10 am

Editor:

I am writing to inquire about the status of the old Crooked Door Tavern. Last we heard – back in May of 2016 – it was purchased by the owners of the Village House with the intent to open it as a “sports bar with finger foods.” That was 18 months ago and since then radio silence.

The most prominent rumor in the community is that the VH owner’s real agenda behind buying it was to leave it closed to avoid competition for the Village House. To me that would seem like a disingenuous thing to do to a community that has supported the proprietors’ first restaurant for over 30 years.

As Mr. Mitrousis stated here on the Hub last May, the new restaurant would provide a different experience than the Village House. I concur and furthermore, I believe that local residents would benefit from a place where they could go catch a ballgame and some chicken wings. That has been sorely missing since the Crooked Door closed and would be welcomed and utilized by the community. I don’t think anyone would argue that the job creation and tax revenue wouldn’t be helpful to the community either.

My intention is not to be accusatory, but rather to ask the owners what the current status is and when we can expect to see the restaurant open. Rather than simply embracing the rumors as truth I would rather hear from the owner what is going on. There could be a reasonable explanation to the delay, but I feel the community deserves to hear it.

Steve Hicks

Albion