After more than 20 years in business, the sports bar Ozzies at Westport Plaza is closing.
Workers were notified Sunday morning. The economy and nearby competition have really taken a bite out of Ozzie’s business.
The restaurant opened in 1988, and is named after former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith. Ozzie’s is owned by Ray Gallardo, the founder and former owner of the Casa Gallardo Restaurant Chain.
Ozzie Smith released a statement Sunday afternoon. “All good things must come to an end, Smith said. “We, like a lot of businesses, couldn’t survive in this economy. We exceeded our expectations of being in business for 21 years. I would like to thank all of our great employees and Ray Gallardo their efforts It was a great ride. We didn’t stay in business just because of the name. We lasted this long because of our food and our service. It was a great ride.”
Ozzie’s will close its doors for good Friday, October 16.