Duffy's, the U Street bar known for its wings, is returning to D.C.
The owner is raising money to bring the bar back to Washington. A crowd-funding page already has more than $6,000 in donations after one day of operation. The campaign says:
OK, I screwed up. I gave away too much free beer, put my customers first and paid my landlord every month, well almost every month. However, the Pub was just not making enough to cover all the debt that remained from the early years of Duffy's. Eventually I had to close it down. It was the worst day of my life.
Broke as can be, I went to Florida , where the living is cheap and got a job waiting tables. But now I've had enough sun and sand. I have a great opportunity to reopen Duffy's this fall. This campaign is just about asking for a little help to get one of DC's best neighborhood bars back open again. I am not asking for donations, I am just asking for your advance patronage.
UPDATE: Owner Andy Duffy confirms to Eater the bar is coming back to its original location at 2106 Vermont Ave. NW. The restaurant will be under new ownership: Casey Callister has signed a lease for the location, and Duffy will manage the place. Their goal is to open by mid-September, regardless of how much funding they raise, though additional dollars will make it easier. "A main goal of the campaign is to allow people to pre-purchase food and beverage and bring our customers back into the fold so we can hit the ground running when we do open," Duffy said via email.
Duffy's closed its doors back in November 2014.