Paul Emmett 1952-2015

Paul purchased the original four Duffy's Drafthouse locations in 2001, and brought to them his vision for the future. Rebranding the concept Duffy's Sports Grill, he transformed a few beloved local establishments into the sports-themed, casual-dining phenomenon we know today. Infusing a passion for top quality food mixed with welcoming, memorable hospitality in a family friendly atmosphere, Duffy's has become a community favorite across the state.

Paul was taken from us in 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer. As always the case with cancer, he was taken from us too soon, and too young. We have mourned his passing and have pledged to carry his legacy forward by staying true to the principles and beliefs on which the company was founded. Paul wanted Duffy's to be a neighborhood fixture for decades. He believed Duffy's should always be an integral part of each community we serve, and we always will be.

As we continue to move ahead, we are looking forward to many restaurant openings in new neighborhoods across the state. We are excited by the unveiling of our Culinary Arts Studio, a brand new state-of-the-art training, research and development facility. The recently launched Duffy's Foundation, created in Paul's memory, will keep his passion for community involvement and charitable giving alive. There is much more to come. We are deeply saddened that Paul cannot be here to see the future of Duffy's, because he would have been so proud. But this will always be his company, a family business, and we will work every day to continue his vision.