Popular downtown Lexington restaurant closes indefinitely

LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A popular Lexington restaurant is closed indefinitely.

John Clowney is the owner of Bull City Ciderhouse on Main Street. He says the business just can't catch a break.

"When we first opened business was very good and more recently we've seen a little bit of a decline and that lends itself to some of the operational hurdles," Clowney said.

Since opening in August, Clowney says they have experienced inconsistencies with their food, which is the main reason the restaurant closed. This Sunday, the owner also says someone robbed them.

"It has to be someone who had knowledge of this room's existence and that there was a safe in the room," Clowney said.

The restaurant is closed until further notice and it may never reopen. Multiple customers tried to go into the closed location today for lunch. They hope it opens back up.

"We like good local restaurants to come to for convenience," said Joyce Metters, a Davidson County resident. "We like to have lunch and dinner out so we'd love to see them stay open."

Other businesses in the area also hope Bull City Ciderhouse thrives.

"Our premise is that the more good businesses that we have downtown, then the more people will come from surrounding areas," said Linda Gosselin, the owner of Cafe 35.

The owner of Bull City Ciderhouse says they will take their time weighing out their options for the space.

"What we really want to do now is make the best decision for our brand and only represent the highest quality of product," Clowney said.

The closure has not impacted their cidery location on South Railroad Street.