Maddux Station Closing

After about four years in business, once-popular Maddux Station Restaurant and Wine Bar is becoming another casualty in the eatery business.

Owner Michaela Bush announced in an email over the weekend that Friday, Oct. 19, will be the last day and the decision permanent unless a major investor or a buyer is found by November 1.

Matt Henson as chef and co-owner opened the restaurant in 2008 with his wife, Kelly. Henson previously had been at Margot Café and Marché, both in East Nashville. In June 2011, the Henson’s moved to Virginia for Kelly’s new job and Bush bought out the Henson’s share.

Some Maddux Station patrons have said crowds seemed to diminish after Henson’s departure and a replacement executive chef wasn’t appointed. Another factor patrons have said hurt Maddux Station is a lack of beer taps and significant bar area, both generally considered crucial to success in Cookeville, especially when trying to tap the higher end of the eatery market.

For downtown Cookeville, the closing would mean a major hole opens up among otherwise full buildings. 

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