The legendary Anchor Bar, one of downtown Detroit's historic bars, has temporarily closed. A Friday post on its Facebook page read: "Unfortunately, we have temporarily closed and look forward to serving you again soon!"
Earlier this week, another post on its Facebook page advertised the bar happy hour offerings of $4 shots, half off beer pitchers and $7 Bar Bites specials.
The iconic bar is known as a hangout for downtown workers, Red Wings fans and journalists. It reopened in March 2021 after an eight-month closure, citing slow business because of hotel closures and no conventions at nearby Huntington Place, formerly the TCF Center, while the convention center was used as a field hospital. Michigan restaurants and bars were also closed to indoor dining to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Nov. 17-Feb. 1. During the closure, the bar updated the menu.
Birmingham-based Iconic Collection is the hospitality group that owns and operates Anchor Bar, as well as several metro Detroit restaurants, including Parc and the Fountain Detroit at Campus Martius Park, 220 Merrill, Rose Room at 220, DoubleTree Bloomfield Hills Detroit, Zalman’s Delicatessen and The Duke, according to its website.
Developer Zaid Elia is the founder and CEO of the Iconic Collection, which bought the Anchor Bar in 2018 from the Derderian family who owned it since 1959.
The Iconic Anchor Bar was listed as a recipient of more than $450,000 from a $28.6 billion federal fund earmarked to help restaurants nationwide recover losses from the pandemic. More than $780 million was distributed from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, or RFF, to nearly 3,300 restaurants across Michigan. The Small Business Administration released the list of recipients last July, which soured thousands of restaurants across Michigan that applied and got nothing from the fund. Some were promised funds, only to have them taken away.
Calls and messages to the Anchor Bar were not answered or returned.
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