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Apr 9, 2014 2:54 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Alex's BBQ in Shell Beach to close at end of summer

After more than 70 years, it looks like it will be last call for Alex's BBQ in Shell Beach come the end of summer.

The current owners of the business weren't able to work out a lease agreement with the current owners of the building and property, so at the end of August, the neon signs and bar-stools a lot of regulars call their home-away-from-home will go.

Current employees say they aren't sure if they'll have jobs at whatever establishment goes in on the property but they plan to celebrate the last summer of the Alex's legacy with lots of celebrations rather than somber sentiment. "After 72 year's we're going to be closing the doors August 31st of this year. We are ready to have a really good summer, invite everybody back, have some really good memories, and make some new ones. says Jennifer Olmsted, an employee of Alex's BBQ.

Olmstead and managers say they name Alex's will go along with the iconic neon signs when the doors close for good on the business, but they want to go out on a positive note. It's why they plan on having a lot of celebrations between now and the end of August. "The neons will be auctioned or given away, they're going to go to good homes." says Olmstead. "We're going to make sure that everybody who wants, can have a piece of Alex's whether it's the bar stools, or the neons, some of the memorabilia is gonna go, pieces of the bar...we really want to make this a positive thing."

It's still unknown what will go in the space, but there is speculation it will be a new restaurant of some sort. The owners of the property also own Ventana Grill in Shell Beach as well as Mr. Ricks and Custom House in Avila Beach.

Alex's will continue with it's live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays, DJ's on Fridays and Saturdays, Karaoke on Sundays as well as some special celebrations to kick off summer in the parking lot and more throughout the final season for the business.

Employees didn't seem worried about their futures today, but more focused on going out on a high note. "We have good recommendations, we have solid staff." said one employee. "They can handle anything if they can handle Alex's, so we know that worst case scenario, they'll be given great recommendations." said Olmsted.



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