They had everything! It was an aficionados dream mixed with alcohol poured in front of a vintage cast iron fireplace. They really had achieved their dream building a place where anyone would want to take their friends for coffee or beers. The weekends were busy but not how they used to be. At one time it took hours to get through the door just to get a peek inside. Tourism was down and could be said to have been a large, if not the largest, contributing factor to the lack of customers. Outsiders never factor in the large populous of students that used to frequent the Merry Inn. Now with two campus closed and the local history being preserved this was a transition time for many. Graduates were going elsewhere and construction crews trimmed the edge of the city boundary cutting deadlines and blocking roads.