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Bluewater Seafood, which offered an upscale menu of seafood and wine in an old two-story house on Kanuga Road for the past decade 10 years, became the latest victim of a slow economy that has battered local restaurants.
The restaurant had been operated by Tracy and David Griffin since June 2003. Tracy, a native of Asheville, and David, who left his job as a Charlotte police officer to start the restaurant, said in a statement that high prices and the bad economy had forced the restaurant's closing.
"Our family is extremely saddened to close Blue Water Seafood. Due to the constant fluctuations in fuel costs, labor costs, seafood costs and the frustrating economy, we made the difficult decision to close," the restaurant owners wrote in a message on the company's website. "We are very grateful to the many, many customers who supported us over the past 10 years. At this time, we needed to have mental, physical and emotional relief for our family."
The couple also closed its restaurant on Charlotte Street in Asheville.
Bluewater Seafood offered dinner and also had a fresh seafood business.
The locally owned and operated company joins other restaurants that have closed in the past two years including Kelsey's, Square One Bistro and the Tractor Shed.