They felt the club was about to get kicked out of its longtime home in Westport’s Manor Square because many in the neighborhood blamed it for attracting an African American crowds to the entertainment district, resulting in a spate of crime and violence that gave the midtown party zone a black eye.
America’s Pub’s jig was up by last January.
“It’s not very mysterious, the landlord didn’t want America’s Pub as a tenant anymore and you cannot make someone lease space to you,” the club’s attorney Harris Wilder said at the time. “It’s that simple. It closed New Year’s weekend – the last night was New Year’s Eve.”
Wilder stopped short of claiming the club was a victim of racism, saying only, “Let’s put it this way. I think the facts speak for themselves. The negotiation process was the least professional I have ever seen from a landlord. And I would add that America’s Pub’s owners made numerous, repeated, sincere efforts to communicate with the landlord and all they got was a no.”
Not that it hasn’t been looked over by potential interested parties. Local drag bar Missie B’s to name one. Comedy club owner Craig Glazer has also given consideration to opening a second Stanford’s in the space.
Management company Krtek Real Estate told the Star it’s considering “different uses” for the space.
“Look what they did to the space where Tizer’s used to be in the same building,” says one Westporter. “Now it’s a school. Doug Krtek thinks outside of the box, he’s open to anything and he’s not real fond of the bar business.”
That insider’s best guess as to what may eventually take America’s Pub’s place:
“Some sort of retail store or office space.”