MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATE 11/8/2019 – Bardog has reopened following Monday’s problems, according to the business’ Facebook page.
11/7/2019 – Frustrations are brewing. The downtown bar and restaurant Bardog has shut down again, this time due to a water main break in the neighboring alley.
It’s the fifth time since September the bar has had to close.
“It’s sad that we are not able to open according to when our city infrastructure allows us to be open or not,” said Aldo Dean, Bardog owner. “On September 21, it collapsed completely and since then, we’ve experienced a number of shutdowns.”
The shutdowns range from a day to sometimes six days.
“Right now, we’re dealing with a basement foundation wall that is seeping water. We have a basement that’s full of water right now,” said Dean.
Aldo said he’s had this problem since 2010.
“Since 2010, this business has paid over $80-90,000 to stay open and deal with the city sewer,” said Dean. “Lots of headaches, repair costs, the basement has flooded five or six times since then.”
September’s repairs and cleaning alone have cost them over $100,000.
“If the infrastructure is not fixed to the point of complete repair, than the existence of Bardog here may be question,” said Dean.
Memphis Light, Gas and Water said they are were working to repair the break. They had to dig around the pipe. MLGW said about 15 customers have been affected, but area businesses owners said those impacted far exceeds 15.
Consistency is what Bardog’s patrons say they are used to.
“They’ve been open when they said they were going to be open and they have stuck to it,” said Mark Harris, a patron.
Dean said the issue not only affects him, but his staff too.
“If I have 35 employees here that are attached to families, if everyone that works here – two people in their family – than really Bardog is responsible for over 100 people,” said Dean.
Customers are also impacted. Many came to the bar to find the “closed” notice on the door and were turned away.
“It sucks that you can’t go to your favorite bar and get one of your favorite meals or your favorite special that they’re having that day,” said Harris.
Thursday’s water main break left neighboring businesses without water as well.
“My worry is that as a small business, we will get left with the burden of costs, so that’s what we want to try to avoid,” said Dean.
He said he will file a complaint and if successful, he plans to pay his employees for the wages lost.
MLGW said they have been making repairs to the pipe in the alley, but to their knowledge, they don’t believe they caused Thursday’s water main break.