For the past 25 years, Deke Davisson
has been all about local music, his
tavern and the people he's
met through both.
Davisson, the owner of the Stardust Tavern on South Bridge Street near U.S. 23 had a bittersweet Saturday night as his tavern celebrated 25 years before closing their doors for good.
"First it was the smoking ban, then the economy, 40 percent of my beverage sales just disappeared," Davisson
bought the bar in 1984 when he
was playing in a band at the tavern with his
friend Tom Ingham.
"The owner said, 'Why don't you guys just buy the place?'" Davisson
still will perform with the band Sidetracked during what he
retirement from the tavern.
"I'll still run the convenience store and the gas station," Davisson
"But I'm really going to miss the bar.
I've put 25 years of my life into this."
During the '80s and '90s, in addition to hosting bands, the bar has sponsored a women's softball team, and in 1987, they began serving and delivering homemade pizza.
"The pizza is so good, because we make the dough and the sauce right here; it's homemade," Davisson
The popular pizzas were selling as mostly cheese only Saturday because the tavern ran out of toppings when loyal customers rushed in to get one last pie before the business closed.
"There were bands here all the time, every weekend, but in the last few years, not so much," Davisson
said, adding he
hopes other tavern owners in town will be able to pull through in economic downturn.
"We used to send out pies all the time, all these people here in these hills would get their pizza here," Davisson
said, pointing toward Massieville.
"We hardly got calls anymore; people just can't afford it."
grateful for the many friends he's
made over the years.
"I had a ball doing it," Davisson