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Burger chain closes restaurants

January 29, 2018
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Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern burger and fries
Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern locations don’t use freezers or microwaves and feature create-your-own burgers and local craft beer. Photo via fb.com

A Michigan chain of burger restaurants has closed multiple locations in the state, including one in Grand Rapids.

Traverse City-based Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern — which in 2016 spun off from Southfield-based Diversified Restaurant Holdings — has closed five of its 15 locations as of Jan. 15.

The closures included the location at 2190 E. Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, which opened in 2015.

The company attributed the closings to a “recession” in the casual dining industry.

“We have worked diligently over our 10 years in business to operate efficiently and aim to continue to strengthen our brand, despite the challenges of a recession impacting the casual dining industry,” said Michael Ansley, CEO, Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern.

The company plans to re-assign some staff members from the closed locations to its remaining 10 restaurants and offer a severance package to the rest.

Bagger Dave’s said it will retain its currently profitable Michigan locations in Cascade Township, Grand Blanc, Birch Run, Novi, Chesterfield, Berkley and Bloomfield Township, as well as Ohio locations in West Chester and Centerville and a location in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Closed locations

Grand Rapids (off of E. Beltline Avenue NE)
Shelby Township
East Lansing
Canton
Traverse City

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