Earlier tonight my brother who owned the Claude & Annie's Pike Plaza posted this on his facebook page.
"Thursday July 26th, 2012. Claude & Annie's Pike Plaza is CLOSED PERMANENTLY. This page will not be posted to, nor will questions be answered. We have met many wonderful people and made many friendships and memories. Those of you we called friends will be missed but as with life, SHIT happens! C...heers to the BEST bartenders, servers, cooks and floor managers in the business, we had our day!"It's a shame because Michael was a good business owner, someone who cared about the community. He could have chosen to run a bar in the suburbs but he instead chose to run it in a neighborhood that had challenges. Thanks Michael, we'll miss you and your bar.
This marks the end of the Claude & Annie's locations that once existed in Indianapolis that were first opened 1982. In total there were 13 locations in all but never more than 7 open at any one time. Changing neighborhood demographics and the natural ups and downs of any company that has been in business for almost 30 years led to most of the stores being sold. However, the smoking ban that took effect June 1 was a direct cause of the last 2 locations shutting down. Sadly this is what happens when those in power abuse it in such a way as to remove rights of the owners to cater to their customers as it best fits their neighborhood.
It is no secret that I have opposed the smoking nannies since 2004 for this very reason and in part why this location was built (to be outside of Marion County). I can make no promise of if/when we might choose to go non smoking but I will fight forever to ensure that decision is mine and not some governmental unit.
We have a strong business model here in a strong pro business community and the long term prognosis for another 11 years is good. But we should never forget how quickly and easily those variables can change if the wrong people get into elected office.
Thank you all for your continued patronage and support.