EWING, N.J. (WPVI) -- A well-known bar in south Jersey is closed and it came as a surprise to customers who have been going there for years.
Freddies Tavern in Ewing, Mercer County abruptly closed its doors.
The family-run favorite opened in 1933, but after 86 years the parking lot is empty.
Current owner Bud Patel bought the business from the Urbano family in 2015.
Patel announced in a Facebook post he would like to redevelop the property and split it into a restaurant and a mixed-use building.
But that plan was rejected by the city.
Patel also said he's closing down so he can spend more time with his young children and wife.
South Jersey bar closes down after 86 years
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