There is no easy time to make a decision like this, particularly having been fortunate enough to operate in such a great location, but we simply could not commit to another decade of operations at this point in time. Between the three of us owners (Mark, Chris, and Brian), we have nearly a hundred collective years in the brewing and restaurant business. While we have a few good years left, the simple truth is that all of us need and want to narrow our focus and turn our attention to other ongoing projects. Like so many others, we learned during the pandemic that sometimes less is more and life is too short to be too busy all the time.
The real reward of West Flanders for us has always been creating good memories with staff and patrons, putting smiles on as many faces as possible, and creating a space that people could enjoy as their local “pub.” Those experiences have made this decision very hard even when we clearly know what we need to do. We will dearly miss our great staff and patrons.
With the deepest sincerity, we want to say thank you to everyone who has put their time in with us on this project and thank you to all who have come through our doors.
Mark Heinritz, Chris Heinritz, and Brian Lutz