Fred's Bar & Grill Closing After Almost 30 Years

A bar and grill which has been around for almost three decades, closing in a month.

Fred's Bar and Grill, in the Jacobsville neighborhood of Evansville is closing it's doors on May 20th

"The conversation with Fred is probably some of the best times you're going to have," one customer says. 

Ed Hammel agrees. "Fred is terrific always joking with you," Hammel says.  "You come and get good food and you have a good game of pool and nobody bothers you."

Fred Willman has been in the area for 69 years. He says he's seen the area go through many changes, but now it's this bar's turn to change. Willman is a co-owner for Fred's Bar and Grill. 

"I've been down here for a long time I'm just ready to see where it comes about," Willman says. "ECHO has plans for more housing and it should be alright down here."

The last day for the bar, approaching quickly and regular customers are still unsure where they'll take their Friday or weekday nights. 

"First thing I thought of is where are we going to go," Hammel says. 

While Willman says he and his wife are ready to move on, he is going to miss the place and people. 

"We will miss them...we truly will miss them," Willman says. "They're friends and you always miss your friends we will definitely miss them"

Looking back at almost three decades of memories, it's hard not to smile. 

"We've had a lot of real good times in here," Willman says. 

Larry Rogers, a regular says, "We used to come here 30 plus years ago after softball we used to hang out with the bartenders and the staff it was just fun to hang out."

As one last call for alcohol or a Fred's burger is around the corner, the bar on the corner leaves many memories behind. 

As for ECHO's plans for the property, the executive director says she isn't exactly sure just yet, but it will most likely stay commercial since it's already zoned as such. She says the corner location would be a great coffee shop. 


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