Dubuque's Bricktown out of Business

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By Daren Sukhram

DUBUQUE - A popular bar and restaurant in Dubuque is closed, at least for now.

The owners of the Bricktown Brewery Complex say the economy is to blame. But owners tell us this place could soon re-open under new ownership.

For decades, this section of lower Main Street was considered one of the rough spots in Dubuque.

"Historic old main was a place that a lot of people avoided, probably from the 70's through the 80's and 90's," said Dan LoBianco, Dubuque Main Street Ltd.

But in 2001, a group of business leaders invested in the old Cooper Wagon Works building. Crews transformed the run-down warehouse into a multi-level restaurant, nightclub and banquet hall.

Dan LoBianco says that was the beginning of lower main's rebirth.

"Bricktown is an anchor or was an anchor to nightlife. And certainly we've seen a lot of things follow suit down here and downtown has become the place for young people to come," LoBianco said.

Owners say they really tried, but could no longer afford to run the business.

LoBianco says he's confident Bricktown's story won't end here. "We certainly have a list of folks who have been sniffing around from a recruitment standpoint to be interested in a building such as that."

Owners plan to auction off items from the third and fourth floors of this building. That's set for Monday December 14th.

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