Handful of Durham restaurants closing up shop despite strong foot traffic

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Four Durham restaurants are closing up shop in April – leaving fewer options for places to eat in the Bull City.  

The Little Dipper has closed. Saint and Company has closed. The Boot will close this Friday. Tyler’s Taproom will be shutting its doors for good next week.  

“It’s going to be a huge loss as an option for food and an option for drinks,” said Kara O’Halloran.

She finished up one of her last meals at Tyler’s with her co-worker Maggie O’Donnell. 

The pair said they eat there sometimes twice a week.  

“We gotta find a new place,” said O’Donnell. “It’s going to be a challenge. We’ve been talking about it all day.”  

One owner, who didn’t want to go on camera, tells CBS 17 it’s because there are too many food options in Durham, and some restaurants just don’t get enough business to stay open.  

Some closures are leaving customers wondering why.  

“Tyler’s always has people at it especially during the baseball season, so it’s hard to understand,” said O’Halloran. 

She believes the area needs more restaurants.  

“Hopefully there’s some turnover and some new businesses coming to town with the new buildings popping up left and right, hopefully they’ll meet that demand,” O’Halloran said.   

Tyler’s opened 14 years ago, while Saint and Company just opened last year. While the future of any restaurant is uncertain, customers tell me they like having options.  

“Hopefully they replace it with something good for us as a hangout,” said O’Donnell.  

The owner of Tyler’s Taproom tells CBS 17 that American Tobacco, which owns the property, has decided to explore more options with the space.  

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