Burroughs Roadhouse closes

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Just hours after a ringing in the new year with a special menu, a comedy performance, and a champagne toast, it appears the ball has dropped for good at Burroughs Roadhouse in Genoa Township.

According to the sign out front and a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Burroughs Roadhouse has closed. The post offers no explanation, and simply thanks customers and neighbors for their patronage over the past several years.

The Killer Flamingos rock the patio of Burroughs Roadhouse in warmer days.

The move marks the latest in a string of restaurants to open and close at the site of the historic Dorr family farmhouse on Brighton Road, adjacent to Oak Pointe Country Club. Managing partners Russ Bultman and Jim Wright opened Burroughs Roadhouse with a menu featuring “All American comfort foods” in 2015. With extensive renovations including an expanded patio, the venue was a popular place for local bands, particularly in the summer months.

Burrough’s also hosted many comedians as well as a popular Sunday brunch and family-friendly holiday events.

The original farmhouse, built around 1830, was purchased by the Burroughs Corporation about 100 years later and used as part of an employee vacation retreat until it closed in the 1980s. Since then, the building has been home to a number of restaurants, including the very popular Rocky’s of Brighton, JR’s Iron Grill, Burroughs Tavern, and most recently, Burroughs Roadhouse.

Given that the Facebook page still lists events for this coming weekend, it does not appear that the closure had been in the works for a long time. And it begs the question: Why can’t a restaurant seem to succeed in that spot? Will anyone else dare to try? All we know for the moment is that yet another restaurant on that historic site is now history.

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