Ricky B’s, formerly The Duke of Windsor, closes after more than 40-year legacy in Windsor
May 14, 2017
Before it closed about a month ago, Ricky B’s was formerly known as The Duke of Windsor.
The old music venue and sports bar was located at 522 Main St., in Windsor, and had a more than 40-year history in the town.
Connie Rutz from the Windsor Chamber of Commerce remembers one of the first few dates she had with her husband at The Duke of Windsor in the 1970s.
She knows the legacy of the music venue and sports bar most recently known as Ricky B's, 522 Main St. in Windsor.
It was a place everyone in town knew about, no matter how long they'd been there, she said.
That's why she said it was sad for her to see it close after about 40 years of operating under several name and owners.
Ricky B's officially closed its doors about a month ago, and all that's left is an empty building and "For Sale" sign.
According to a column by radio station K99's Dave Jensen, the venue lost its liquor license because of a paperwork issue and owner Rick Best was ready for retirement.
Ricky B's was known for serving local craft beers and made-to-order dishes.
The music venue featured live music — primarily local bands — on the weekends.
Best and his ex-wife, Cathy, first purchased the Duke in 1987. Over the years they expanded and contracted the business and in 1997, they added the room that defined the bar and stage area. When Cathy decided to give it up in 2012, Rick transformed the Duke of Windsor's tainted dive-type image to a sports bar vibe. Cathy died earlier this year at 61.
Before it was The Duke, the property was the Starlight Café in the 1950's then became the Starlight Lounge, according to Rutz who quoted a Windsor history book.
Rutz said, according to her knowledge, no one has bought the property since it became vacant.