Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Popular Bar Closes Up; Tough Times Force Dusty's Owner to Walk Away from Business

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Popular Bar Closes Up; Tough Times Force Dusty's Owner to Walk Away from Business

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Byline: Helen Spelitis helen.spelitis@qt.com.au

A LONG-RUNNING lull in business has led one of Ipswich's pub owners to close the doors, for good.

For about two weeks Dusty's Bar & BBQ in the Top of Town has been shut.

Now owner Mark Dale has confirmed the business was running at a loss and he and wife Kim could no longer afford to keep going.

The business will not reopen and the owners are on the hunt for someone with a new endeavour to fill the space.

"Over the last five months, basically since Christmas, it has been pretty horrendous," Mr Dale said.

"We expected in the first 12 months for it to be hard.

"It picked up in the second year but now the losses in the business are just too great to keep going.

"I have lost a fair amount of money and I can't just keep throwing more money in."

Mr Dale said Dusty's Bar and BBQ had been up for sale for about 18 months but three offers had fallen through.

The lease on the building is also coming to an end. …

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