Bobby Mac’s Early and Abrupt Closure
After just five months in business, Bobby Mac's Restaurant in the Lenox Shops on Route 7, closed abruptly, with little to no notice. Real estate attorney Lori Robbins, who had represented the co-owners before the Select Board to obtain an all-alcohol license, confirmed the closing as of April 7. According to The Berkshire Eagle, it's the fifth restaurant to attempt to fill the old Lenox House space in the past 12 years.
Neil F. Sprague and his partner Paul Bushey, decided to jump ship amid mounting debts, payroll issues, unpaid bills to distributors, negative online reviews from disappointed customers, alleged thefts by an employee, and a diminished staff. Neither owner returned requests for comment via email or phone calls from Berkshire Eagle staff.
Two former employees who spoke to The Eagle described a restaurant struggling against significant challenges.
It was too big for them... I got a text message from Sprague saying `Sorry, the restaurant is no longer opening.' All of us were blindsided and not paid for the final two weeks.
Former employee Floyd Dallas
According to another employee who preferred to remain unidentified, "They owed everyone money...it had its ups and downs, they kept changing the menu and the prices. We figured it would close but not this quickly."