Blue Monk staff, customers react to restaurant staple closing

Courtesy: Blue Monk on Facebook.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The owners of the Elmwood Avenue staple Blue Monk announce the restaurant will be closing its doors. News spread fast on social media. Long-time customers expressed their sadness to see it go.

In just a few weeks the taps will be turned off at Blue Monk.

“It’s just a case of two partners that really don’t get a long at all. Its a shame because its a great spot and its brought a lot to the city of Buffalo,” said Owner Mike Shatzel. He said sometimes divorces have to happen. Like this one,  between him and his landlord and partner. He said, “It hurts to be disappointing so many people.”

Shatzel opened the eatery more than 5 years ago. And with an ever changing craft beer-list, the restaurant has become nationally recognized

Long-time clients say they’re sad to see it go. Leia Marino from Hamburg said, “The food, the atmosphere, the beer its the triple threat you cant beat it. Every time we have friends come over we have people for July fourth we bring them here. It’s our go to, we love it.”

Early Saturday, this family full of more than 30 employees learned what will happen next.  Shatzel said,” The staff is probably worried about where they are going to be working. But, I have a lot of places opening up and we have Liberty Hound opening up in two weeks. So we will get them all jobs. It might get a little emotional and I have some people who have been here since day one, and this is their home.”

That includes Steve Kennedy,an original team member here. He said Blue Monk changed craft beer in the area.  He said, “What we brought to the table was something Buffalo just didn’t have at the time and now craft beer is huge.”

But it’s not the end for the restaurant. Shatzel says he will reopen at a different location, and depending on what his lawyers recommend, it just might carry a new name.

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