Buffalo Wild Wings in the Brewery District will serve up its last drummie at close of business Saturday.

Buffalo Wild Wings in the Brewery District will serve up its last drummie at close of business Saturday.

The Minneapolis-based organization announced it is shutting down the 15-year-old location at 515 S. High St.

"While there are no specific new restaurant openings in the coming months, we continually look for new sites and facilities that accommodate our Buffalo Wild Wings experience in the Columbus market," said corporate spokeswoman Vicki Zima, who wouldn't discuss the decision to close the spot.

The store, which opened in June 1995, was originally a franchise location. Corporate officials bought the store in 2001. The 5,400-square-foot eatery seats 200.

"It's sad this location is closing down," said employee Joanie Mitchell, who worked there for two years. "Business has been pretty good."

All employees were given an option of going elsewhere in the organization. Mitchell said she has been reassigned to the Whitehall store.

General manager Dave Weygandt chose to see the tall beer glass as half full.

"We had a good run here," he said.

Buffalo Wild Wings got its start in 1981 in Columbus as BW-3 at the corner of Woodruff and High streets across from the Ohio State University campus. The original store closed in 2006 to make way for a new two-story, state-of-the-art location at the corner of Lane Avenue and High Street.

When the Brewery District location closes, there will be 13 stores in Greater Columbus, with another eight in outlying communities.

"We look forward to continuing our commitment to the Columbus community in the future," Zima said.

Local retail expert Chris Boring of Boulevard Strategies said the Brewery District is still a viable area but other recently built destinations, such as South Campus Gateway and the Arena District, have drawn a lot of attention away from the community.

"It has more amenities for its residents and workers than it had before but I think it has less of an outside tourist appeal," he said.

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