FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Fans planning to head to Patriot Place to watch the big game on Sunday won’t be able to do so at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.
The restaurant was silent on Wednesday and had a sign on the door indicating it has closed for good.
“To our many regular guests we are very grateful for the support you have given us over the past eight years,” the sign reads. “Through the years we have been home to many great shows, events, and celebrations, which have been as memorable for us as we have they have been for you. From our staff to our management we thank you again, as always proceed to party.”
Debbie Corvo, a representative for the restaurant, released a statement to Eyewitness News saying they were being charged what she considered to be “unreasonable” rents, and that the landlords were “very difficult to work with” when they tried to work out a deal.
“It is my opinion that they stole my business for themselves and disregarded the 100 employees who are now jobless because of their greediness,” Corvo wrote. “It was our intention to stay operating at Patriot Place but we were effectively kicked out.”
“We were being gouged unreasonable rents and dishonest police details,” she continued. “They kept assessing us unrealistically and we were no longer able to operate.”
Jeremie Smith, a spokesperson for Patriot Place, said the decision to end the lease was mutual.
“Patriot Place management and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill have mutually agreed to terminate the tenant’s lease,” he stated. “We would like to thank CRGE Foxborough, LLC for the service and hospitality they provided to our guests over the years. We greatly appreciate Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill’s many contributions to the success and popularity of Patriot Place and wish them well in their future endeavors.”
Corvo said all of the restaurant’s contents and equipment will be turned over to Patriot Place on Thursday.
The timing of the closure left some customers and employees scratching their heads. James Bertram, a former dishwasher at Toby Keith’s, told Eyewitness News he was surprised since the restaurant had no shortage of customers.
“It’s one of the most popular bars out there,” Bertram said. “Used to be jam-packed at Pats games, the line out the door. I can’t believe it’s closed.”
A band set to play at Toby Keith’s in a few weeks said they have yet to be informed that the gig is canceled.