Local bar faces another shutdown, owner says future is uncertain

Now that Butte County is back in the purple tier, bars that have just reopened must once again close their doors.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 5:33 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 10:31 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -  Now that Butte County is back in the purple tier, bars that have just reopened must once again shut down.

Doug Roberts, owner of Duffy's Tavern in downtown Chico says he has been staying optimistic during the constant changing restrictions but for the first time he is questioning whether or not his business will make it through this.

Duffy's Tavern has been a staple in the Chico community for over 30 years. Roberts says right now the future of the business is uncertain.

"I guess we are getting used to it. Nothing is surprising anymore," explained Roberts. "I thought we would get through this no problem but now I'm starting to wonder when you add it all up, you could take that money and start another business."

Roberts says he was looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend because it's one of their busiest times of the year, but instead, his business is closed and he is left wondering what comes next.

"Next week is historically like our best week of the year so it's hard closing going into Christmas and Thanksgiving, we are usually really busy so to close on the edge of that does not feel good."

RELATED: Butte County placed in state's most restrictive tier again

He says the hardest part is trying to plan ahead while not knowing what comes next.

"It's pretty serious, I have a lot of respect for businesses that did their best to adapt and try to open with the different restrictions but to have to close again is hard," he said. "I don't know when we will be able to open back up, its a big question mark. We have to take it weekly or monthly. Things will be different when we open."

Roberts says the PPP loan helped them get by for the majority of the time they have been closed.

The bar had 20 employees before the pandemic, they were down to 4, and now they will all have to be laid off.

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