Local sports bar closes due to safety concerns - WNEM TV 5

Local sports bar closes due to safety concerns

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Remington's Sports Bar in Flint shut down for good on Friday.

The family owned bar and restaurant on Fenton Road opened in 1989.

"The state of the neighborhood and the city of Flint has declined to the point that I fear for the safety of my employees & customers," the restaurant said in a Facebook post.

People piled into the bar to raise a glass one last time to establishment.

"It's sad. It's heartbreaking," said Laura Coughlin, server when the restaurant first opened.

Coughlin shared a drink with her friends on Friday and reflected on her days as a bartender at Remington's when it first opened.

"We built this place together. All this stuff, then things went down. Everybody was scared to come," Coughlin said.

Remington's owner, Dean Carter, said that's exactly why he decided to close the doors. The past few years the neighborhood around the Fenton Road establishment has declined with drugs and thefts - things Carter didn't want his customers or employees to have to deal with.

"We have people come in off the street, grab purses. It's getting there. I can see the writing on the wall," Carter said.

Business slowed and Carter said he had a tough decision to make. He ultimately chose to shut down the bar after 29 years.

"It's frustrating because Flint has a lot of great qualities, but the community as a whole it's like they've taken a disinterest in their own community," said Kory Nichols, customer.

Long-time customers said they're sad to see the bar go, but aren't surprised either.

"It's going to happen to bars down the road too. Just the clientele they'll get there," said Dave Gauwn, customer.

Regardless of the reason, Friday was all about saying goodbye to the Flint landmark.

"You know, we've worked hard and leaving a lot here too. It's been tough," Carter said.

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