Baja Billy’s Mexican Grill & Cantina has closed its doors at Fitger’s Brewery Complex in Duluth.
A sign posted inside the metal-gated restaurant Friday night said: “Sorry. Closed for maintenance and remodeling.”
Owners Brian Roy and Jamie Wilson could not be reached for comment Friday night.
But Scott Vesterstein, whose family is the majority owner of Fitger’s, said he does not expect the restaurant to reopen. Vesterstein said he was in talks with “three strong prospective tenants.” He anticipates a new restaurant will open in the same location by the spring of 2010.
“I wish Brian and Jamie the best,” said Vesterstein. “Unfortunately, they were not able to rely on the deck business they’ve had in the past this year.” Cool weather apparently cut into the popularity of the restaurant’s outdoors dining area this past summer.
Baja Billy’s opened in 2005. Roy and Wilson Enterprises moved into the former Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurante location that year after the former Buena Vista, which they operated, was sold for redevelopment as a condominium complex.
The business partners also operate Tejas, a Texas-themed eatery at 4702 Miller Trunk Highway. That restaurant remains open for business.