September 2, 2014

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Biggy’s Pub closes, plans to reopen for takeout

Biggy’s Pub on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain closed abruptly last Friday. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

LORAIN — Biggy’s Pub & Eatery, a popular bar at 1757 Oberlin Ave. known for its wings, has closed.

Owner Mary Ann Bigrigg said Thursday the bar closed last Friday. Bigrigg said her husband, William Bigrigg, opened the bar with his cousins in 1984. The 1,712-square-foot bar was originally named Adam’s Cafe. She said her husband took full ownership in 1989.

Biggy’s — which employed one full-time employee and six part-timers — said business slowed because of the faltering economy, Bigrigg said. She also said area crime was also a factor in the closing.

“It’s depressing,” she said.

Among the incidents around the bar in recent years:

  • In December, a man whom Bigrigg said was ejected from the bar was found outside the bar with multiple gunshot wounds. The man survived, and an arrest was made three days later.
  • Last January, a man was charged with felonious assault connected to a fight outside the bar.
  • In 2011, a bartender was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot as he left the bar with Mary Ann Bigrigg.
  • In 2010, a woman said she was stabbed in the hand by another woman shortly after leaving the bar.

While the bar is closing, Bigrigg said it will reopen later this month or next month under new management and serve takeout food.

“It will be as good as it always was,” she said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.