The Stockyards Inn, 1065 Springfield St., had been for sale for more than a year and was struggling because of lack of business. The restaurant’s customer base had been dwindling because of “age, retirement and death,” owner Bob Bartusch said. And in the end, he said, “We weren’t able to attract the Applebee’s crowd.”
Bartusch, 67, and his wife Jane have owned the restaurant for 35 years. He bought it in 1978, two years after he became manager.