Annabel Lee Tavern opened in 2007 in Canton, where dive bars filled the area. With two consecutive years of revenue loss, totaling up to $200,000 each year, the owner, Kurt Bragunier, feels his only choice is to close the restaurant and bar for good.
The restaurant at 601 South Clinton Street is now facing tremendous competition from nearby gastro pubs.
“The competition around me is such that it’s killed my revenue over the last two years,” Bragunier said.
The Annabel Lee Tavern, paying homage to “Annabel Lee,” the last complete poem composed by Edgar Allan Poe before he died in 1849 at 40 years old.
“I love Annabel Lee as much today as I did when I opened,” Bragunier said. I’ve really given it my life. It’s my life’s work and it’s everything.”
The closing was announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Thursday night.
The Facebook post reads … “Despite our best efforts, it is with heavy heart to let you know that we will be closing our doors for the last time on Sunday, May 28th.”
Supporters reached up to Bragunier as he is faced with the closure of his beloved restaurant.
The building and business are both up for sale.
“I risked and lost everything on this business,” he said. “It’s a heartbreaker.”