Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Is Al Biernat Selling Out?

Al Biernat: "I'm not selling." Print that, BOOM.

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.


  • Divinora

    Thank God Al is not selling. It won’t be Al Biernat without Al Biernat.

  • Jackson

    Glad to hear Al’s sticking around a while longer.

    Oh, and it’s “Creede” Colorado, with an “e” on the end.

  • I’m soooooo glad you squashed this rumor Nancy. As wonderful as Phil Cobb’s group is, losing Al Biernat as a Dallas restaurateur would be a travesty! Glad you are still with us Al! I’ll be by this weekend to celebrate.

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