Smyrna, TN sports bar closing due to inflation

SMYRNA, Tennessee (WKRN) — All good things must come to an end. This is something Georgia Warrick knows well.

“He committed suicide,” she said. “Thirty-six…he had so much potential.”

Ten years ago, Warrick and his son Mark teamed up to open Georgia’s Sports Bar and Grill in Smyrna.

Mark died by suicide a few years later, leaving Warrick to run the bar until his youngest son, Jason, stepped in to help.

“I thought maybe she could handle it and that’s a really big deal,” he said. “People think bars are fun and sports bars and this and the other are fun. It’s not a lot of work.

So deciding to close his bar was not a decision Warrick took lightly.

“I noticed that every month our sales were going down, and that has continued for the past three years and this year has been really bad,” she said.

The bar was able to survive the early stages of the pandemic, but inflation took over.

“The fryer oil we use in our fryers for a 35-pound container was about $17 in April 2021,” Jason said. “Right now it’s closer to $45.”

Oil, chicken and even condiments with low turnout due to high gas prices eventually forced Warrick to close the bar she spent a decade working at.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “Starting with a son…my eldest, then ending it with my youngest.”

His good thing has finally come to an end, but Warrick and his son worry if things don’t improve, others will suffer the same fate.

“Until things change…until things get back to normal in terms of the economy and money, I think there will be a lot of small businesses struggling,” Jason said.

Warrick says she has no plans to open another bar in the future, but she hopes someone will come and buy the bar to run it.

Richard Dement

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