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Bulldog Tavern to Close: Legal Battle to Come

SPOKANE, WA. - 

A popular and iconic bar near Gonzaga University announces it's closing its doors, after the owner of the building sells the property right from under them.

The "Bulldog Tavern's" owners are now planning to take legal action, before they are forced out at the end of the month.  It's a bar that has 65 years of history.  With memories that run deep through the Gonzaga campus.  That's about to fade to black at the end of the month.

Bar owner Trish Mullarkey ways it was always their intention to but the Bulldog at the end of their 15 year lease.  And was blind sided when the building's owner, Willard Quinn III, refused their offer.  "It was hard to tell employees, I feel responsible as well for their future," she said.

Mullarkey and her husband, issued a restraining order against Quinn at the beginning of the month to buy themselves some time to come up with the cash.  The order, written to prevent Quinn from selling the Bulldog before they plead their case in front of a judge.

But it seems Quinn made the sale anyway, 2 days before that court date and at a price Mullarkey could never match.  Meaning in 12 days, unless something drastically changes, the Bulldog must bow out.

Mullarkey says right now, they're pursuing further legal action against building owner Willard Quinn.  Who had this to say over the phone today, "There's nothing to defend-- its a real simple process. If they have the money, they can buy it, they could buy it today, they could buy tomorrow they could buy it up until the end of the lease..It's their choice, this has nothing to do with me."

We're learning the new owner plans to keep the tavern open but under a different name.  No word yet on when that might happen.

 

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