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The Blue Willow Inn, which has drawn travelers to its buffet for decades, is facing “severe financial difficulties,” according to a statement from the Social Circle restaurant.

The main issue is the failure of a shopping center built around the restaurant, said former state senator John Douglas, who is representing the Blue Willow Inn. The restaurant’s co-owner, Louis Van Dyke, started the expansion project on the cusp on the recession, and the center has struggled to attract tenants. When Van Dyke died last year, he left behind millions of dollars in debt, Douglas said.Billie Van Dyke, his widow, “has held the wolf at the door until now,” Douglas said.

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