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Some of Detroit’s most well-known dive bars are shutting down or changing hands downtown.
In late July, Cobo Joe’s — a longtime favorite of Red Wings fans — announced they would be closing after the owners decided not to renew their lease.
According to Detroit News reporter Melody Baetens, Anchor Bar won’t be closing — just changing ownership.
Baetens spoke with the new owner of Anchor Bar and says there will be renovations made to the bathrooms and some other general updates. However, the things that made Anchor Bar a favorite spot for sports fans and journalists will reportedly remain the same including the “wall of fame” of framed photos and certain menu items.
“Behind the bar there’s photos of journalists and sports figures and just Detroit figures from days gone by,” says Baetens. “Unless those photos belong to the original owner’s personal collection, they will stay.”
Baetens also says the majority of Anchor Bar employees will keep their jobs.