A Sidney staple announced it is closing its doors for good and the business is up for sale.
In 2017, Boondocks, a much-loved Sidney pub were forced to relocate to their current location after learning the building they resided in for 26 years was being torn down.
The owners at the time, Sean and Jenn McNeill, relocated the business to the former location of Theos Restaurant on Fifth Street.
In 2019, prior to the pandemic, the McNeill’s were ready to retire and the business was sold to Andrew Hansen.
Not long after, in 2020, the business was rocked by COVID-19 and had to find ways to navigate through the unknown.
“I wanted to make a short post thanking each and every one of you that have visited Boondocks over the years. I purchased Boondocks from Jen and Sean McNeill 3 years ago. Little did I know COVID, staffing issues, and rising food prices would be some of the very hard challenges I would face,” said Hansen in a Facebook post.
“We did it though, all of us, from my great regulars that sat at the bar having a cold one, the regulars that came every day to enjoy a meal and conversation, to the dancers that came and saw the live music,” the post continued.
Hansen went on to thank the landlords of the building for “their understanding and big hearts, Boons would never have lasted as long as we did.”
“I have made the hard choice to shut down the establishment, and I want to thank everyone I met, hired, and chatted with over the last 3 years,” Hansen said.
“There are a lot of great people in Sidney, and great support during the toughest of times, I just wish we could have made a bigger difference in the community.”
While the future of Hansen and Boondocks is unknown, he did end the post stating the business is up for sale.
“Boondocks is up for sale, and I hope it continues to be a place people come to, to enjoy a great atmosphere and dinner, and of course LIVE music,” said Hansen.