37 years ago, Cowboy Bill’s opened its doors in Milledgeville on North Columbia Street.
“If you wanted to go out, and have a good time, and enjoy yourself, and have alcohol involved, you had to go to Cowboy Bill’s,” Mike Puckett said.
He started working here 28 years ago as a bouncer, and rose up the ranks before becoming an owner 3 years ago.
Puckett says their customers is what has kept him around all these years
“The reputation that it had is having people that don’t just go and have a drink or a beer,” Puckett said. “They go and build relationships and friendships that last a lifetime.”
Now he'll have to say goodbye, since the building owner won’t offer them a new lease.
“We’ve had some good times, we’ve had some bad times, we’ve had some rough times,” Puckett said. “It’s a situation where it’s a family, not a business.”
While Puckett might be sad to see it go, he's looking forward to spending more time at home.
“I feel like I sacrificed a lot of time with my children and grandchildren that other folks spend with their family that I didn’t,” Puckett said.”
After all the years, it'll be the memories he'll cherish even after the final last call on Saturday.
“This place got a lot of things still to offer, you know, as far as having a good time,” Puckett said.
Cowboy Bill’s will be open Saturday one final time at 8 p.m.