Wednesday , June 19 2024

Local Favorite Silver Dollar Hofbrau Closes After 35 Years

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<p>It’s the end of an era for a&nbsp;local favorite. The Silver Dollar Hofbrau located on Shaw just off&nbsp;Hwy 41 in Fresno has been sold.</p><p>The current management had owned it for the last 35 years, and Tuesday night they closed their doors.</p><p>Owner Truman Campbell, 87, said the hofbrau had a good run over the years but it was time to close the doors.</p><p>Management made the announcement public only a few hours before closing on their Facebook page.</p><p>The hofbrau was&nbsp;an iconic&nbsp;establishment&nbsp;for customers, like April Robinson, who’ve made regular visits a part of their lives.</p><p>&quot;Gosh, at least once or twice a week, whether it’s for lunch or dinner or to have a drink or something,&quot; Robinson said.</p><p>Campbell&nbsp;said at its peak, the hofbrau was the place to be. </p><p>He staffed about 50 employees at one point, but it was now&nbsp;down to about 15.</p><p>Over the years, Campbell said business had also gradually declined.</p><p>General manager Jeannie Wright had called&nbsp;the hofbrau&nbsp;home for about 30 years.</p><p>&quot;Part of my heart is closing,&quot; Wright said. &quot;And it’s hard. It’s bitter sweet.&quot;</p><p>It wasn’t only the good food and drinks that attracted customers. Nightly attractions like Tuesday jazz nights brought in the crowds.</p><p>&quot;I had a lot of emotions. Obviously I’m going to&nbsp;miss this place–it’s amazing,&quot; said Mark Unzueta, a bartender who had worked there for about three years. &quot;It’s like a second home for me–come into work, see familiar faces, and it’s kind of like a ‘Cheers’ atmosphere.&quot;</p><p>The future of the building itself is unclear. But employees and customers hope the new owner will preserve the interior beauty and history of the building. </p><p>&quot;It’s sad. We have a lot of memories here–a great many memories here,&quot; Robinson said.</p><p>There is&nbsp;no word yet on what the new owner plans to do with the building.</p></div>

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