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Did Craft Cocktails Kill Beloved Casey’s Pub in Corktown?

What's causing neighborhood establishments like Casey's and O'Blivions to cash-out in Corktown?

Casey's Pub.
Casey's Pub.
Brenna Houck
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

After three decades in business, Casey's Pub shuttered Sunday evening following the Lions game. For old times sake, Daily Detroit revisited the Irish bar in Corktown on its last day in business

"If I could do anything to change it, I would," bartender Gabe Azzopardi tells Daily Detroit. According to Azzopardi employees have been more or less kept in the dark about the business’s future.

One might speculate that the sudden closure of the bar (and O’Blivions next door), has something to do with the recent changes in the landscape of Michigan Avenue, now home to many new restaurants and bars that draw clientele interested in craft cocktails and locally-sourced ingredients, more than burgers and Guinness.

As Daily Detroit points out, the old Tiger Stadium’s redevelopment is just another step in the transformation of this neighborhood. The writer also adds that there areunconfirmed rumors of "another eatery about to jump off near the train station."

For those interested in investing in this new era, one reader alleges Casey's is for sale for $150,000.

Casey's Pub

1830 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (313) 963-2440