Longtime family-owned restaurant B.J. Clancy’s, in Menasha, has closed its doors after 36 years due to unexpected circumstances.
For the past two years, Bob John, the owner of the restaurant, knew that the Wisconsin DOT was going to slowly take over a big section of his parking lot as they made plans to expand the road.
Bob John planned to close by September, but then employees started leaving and moving onto other jobs.
So, he bumped up the closed date to June 30th. Then, the water heater broke on Monday.
“And I thought, well, I think maybe the good Lord is trying to tell me something,” Bob John said.
He decided to close B.J. Clancy’s and test the waters of retirement, but he’s taking lots of memories with him.
For example, if you thought “Clancy” was a family name, you’d be mistaken.
“Well it came out of a hat, we had to come up with a new name and so we threw a bunch of them around and picked Clancy because it had an Irish ring to it, and we have some Irish in us,” Bob John said.
While he says he’s ready to slow down, he wishes he could’ve said goodbye to the customers who felt like family.
“The one thing I wish i could’ve done was go to the 30th of June so we could really have time to say goodbye to our guests that we’ve grown very accustomed to…I’m sorry about that, but that kind of is what it is too, I’m sure I’ll see them again,” Bob John said.
Bob John says the restaurant’s lot will likely be sold to a developer in the future.