Just a little over two years after it opened downtown, Michigan tavern chain Bagger Dave's is closing its downtown location. A Curbed Detroit tipster passed along a photo of the shutter announcement. An employee at the Randolph Street location also confirmed that the restaurant closed today. Eater has reached out to the Bagger Dave's corporate team for more details.
With rising rents downtown and an increasingly competitive restaurant scene, it seems even the biggest chains aren't immune to market pressures. Earlier this year, downtown's Olga's Kitchen abruptly closed. The buildout for that restaurant was largely blamed for the chain's bankruptcy. Still, other chains are attempting to jump on the Detroit comeback bandwagon. In October, Applebee's opened a franchise location on Eight Mile.
Update, 12/28, 5:17 p.m.: In a press release today, Bagger Dave's parent company Diversified Restaurant holdings announced that it would close eight "underperforming" restaurant locations in Indiana and Michigan including the Detroit location. "DRH is committed to taking all appropriate and necessary actions to enhance value for all shareholders," CEO Michael Ansley says.
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