Video: A Detroit Hockey Bar Feels 'Bit of a Gut Punch' from Red Wings' Move
December 1st, 2017, 5:08 AM
What a difference a year makes.
Last year, on hockey nights, the Anchor Bar at 450 W. Fort Street in downtown Detroit, was packed before games with fans drinking beers and soda and eating burgers, wings, grilled chicken sandwiches and steak fries.
After fueling up at the Anchor, fans would either walk or hop aboard the Anchor Bar shuttle to get to Joe Louis Arena about .6 miles away.
This year, with the Red Wings' move to Little Caesars Arena, about 1.3 miles way, things have drastically changed.
Even though the bar still offers a shuttle to the arena, business is down 60 to 70 percent on game nights, says Vaughn Derderian, who runs the bar with his father, also named Vaughn.
"This is a little bit of a gut punch," Derderian admits.
Derderian sat with Deadline Detroit the other night to talk about the change in business and how he tried to prepare.