DBA Co-Owner Dennis Zentek Dies, RIP

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 at 6:08 am by

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Dennis Zentek, Photo: d.b.a. Facebook

It’s been a tough few years for neighborhood favorite d.b.a.

The twenty-year-old bar broke news yesterday that co-founder Dennis Zentek, died Sunday evening. The official Facebook page confirmed the news with a post yesterday, but didn’t provide further details.

It is with such a heavy heart that we make the announcement that our beautiful friend Dennis Zentek passed away last night. Dennis with his friend Ray was one of the co-founders, co-pioneers, co-visionaries of what has become a huge family. We will share more details later on, but for now we ask that you send love and say prayers and raise a glass to a dear friend who will be so very missed.

Zentek co-founded d.b.a. with Ray Deter in 1994; Deter himself passed away back in 2011 from injuries related to a bicycle accident.

We wouldn’t be surprised if a second line parade follows sometime in the next week.


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