The Scoop: J. Buck’s and Joe Buck’s to close for good Oct. 30

10-9-15JBucks     As the post-season gets underway, a longtime Caridinals-themed eatery prepares to bid farewell. Owner Doug Albrecht has decided to shutter both J. Buck’s in Clayton and Joe Buck’s in downtown St. Louis at the end of October. Lunch and dinner will be served for the final time on Oct. 30. Citing increased operational costs, spokesperson Courtney Muller said the leases at both locations were due for renewal at the beginning of November and would not be resigned. “It is a good time to move forward,” Mueller said. “(Albrecht) felt like this was a good time to go out on a high note with another Cardinals post-season.” Buck’s opened in Clayton in 1999, while Joe Buck’s opened downtown in 2008, the same year Albrecht took ownership. “We’ve had an incredible run of providing a wonderful gathering place for families and visitors to enjoy a great meal and create memories,” Albrecht said in a press release. Gift card holders are encouraged to visit during the baseball post-season to redeem remaining balances. Those who cannot will be able to receive a refund of the balance after Oct. 30. Albrecht was not immediately available for additional comment.