South Jersey bar closes down after 86 years

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.
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