Colorado Café to close after more than 20 years

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One of New Jersey’s most popular country-western bars will be closing its doors after over two decades.

Colorado Café general manager Alan Baurle says that the bar, known for the iconic Buckoff Bull, had to close due to financial problems.

“If people wanted the Colorado Café to stay open, they should have spent money here,” he says. “People say its bittersweet. It’s not though. There’s no sweetness in there.”

Now many of the items inside the café, including a state-licensed mechanical bull known as "Buck Off"and the business’s class-C liquor license, are up for auction on July 31.

“Everybody thinks the Colorado Café is a goldmine. It’s not a goldmine,” Baurle says. “The expenditures here are tremendous.”

Some of the bar’s patrons have posted online that there are other reasons for the closure, including issues with the Weldon Quarry. Baurle says that the bar was only three years into a seven-year lease with the quarry and that the closure had nothing to do with that.

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