"The employees just couldn't get it together," Diane Burnette says. "We hand-held them as long as we could. I gave them a list of the things they needed to do, the people they needed to talk to, the capital they were going to need to start up a business. But they just couldn't get it together.
"We finally closed the business for good on May 27. It was a sad moment for all of us," Diane Burnette says. "We had a farewell gathering at Jack Gage later, and a lot of our customers, employees and former employees stopped by. Muddy's would have been 17 years old in November. We made a lot of friends over those years."