The business community in North Tonawanda was struck twice with bad news in recent days. Once, with the closing of Crazy Jakes, and again, with the closing and uncertain future of Brownie’s Sports Bar & Tavern.
Steve Brown, Owner at Brownie’s Sports Bar, gave a live broadcast on Monday to announce the bad news, stating, “The government and all that stimulus and CARES Act money, it should have been approved months ago. These politicians are playing politics with our lives.”
The worst part, according to Brown, it isn’t just closing, it’s telling cherished employees that the fight is over, for now. “I feel bad for my twenty plus employees that stuck with me and toughed it out,” he said, visibly choking back emotion.
Lastly, before signing off, Brown remarked, “I’m hoping to get reopened, but for now, we’ve got to close the doors.”
In addition to Brownie’s Sports Bar & Tavern shutting down services, on Friday, Crazy Jakes delivered a notice of closure. The message cited “hardships with the COVID-19 pandemic.” Crazy Jakes full statement on the closure is posted below:
“After careful consideration by our management team, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that after tomorrow at 5pm we will be closing our doors for business, due to hardships with the Covid-19 Pandemic.
“We would like to thank all of our generous customers for making these last 12 1/2 years, unforgettable. We would also like to thank our very hard-working staff, for every ounce of effort they have put in to keep us going. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten this far. It has been our pleasure to bring the City of North Tonawanda good food and fun times. We would like to wish our neighboring establishments good luck in their futures, and once again thank you all for your support. We wish all you a safe and happy holiday season.”