This morning I received yet another email from a secret source with insider information about a big sale in progress. The restaurant? Al Biernat’s. The buyer? A group led by long-time restaurateur Phil Cobb.
“I’m so glad you called,” says Al. “Please kill this rumor for me. I’m only 55 and have a ten-year lease.”
Cobb’s group did make an offer on the restaurant and Biernat did consider it for a while. “I think that is how the rumor started,” says Al. Plus I’ve spent a lot of time at my home in Colorado and vacationing in Hawaii so people assumed I was on my way out. The group made me a very nice offer and they were very nice, but we are doing so well. I am definitely not selling. ”
Biernat has purchased another restaurant, The Mermaid Café, but it is in Creede, Colorado. His son plans to open a taqueria.