Watervliet’s Purple Pub bows out after 50 years

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After 50 successful years, The Purple Pub in Watervliet opened its doors for one last time on Friday afternoon.

The pub announced in an online post on Dec. 13 that they were going to close. There have been lines out the door almost every day since.

It’s more than amazing pizza and wings. It’s the good conversation, the atmosphere and the familiar feelings.

Owners and brothers Greg and Butch Rentz say financial hardships, increased wages and prices and staffing shortages are a few reasons they ultimately decided to close. They also say they want to spend more time with their families.

The restaurant was set to close at 9 p.m. The to-go option will remain for now.