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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011, 5:36 P.M.

There goes the neighborhood. Where does the Bulldog go after it closes?

The SR today has a story on the imminent closing (possible relocation) of the old Bulldog, formerly known as the Bulldog Tavern.

Once we dove into the background, it became clear this is a tangled mess. There's a lawsuit, all sorts of angry feelings on the part of the people running the Bulldog and the landlord of the property (at 1305 N. Hamilton), and assorted issues on who did what to whom.

Plus, there's the distinction here between those who own the name of the business, and the owner of the building where the business has been.

As of now, we think we can say this much:  The current owners of the Bulldog are going to take everything from the building, leaving nothing but a shell for the landlord, Willard Quinn (who now lives in Bainbridge Island).

Quinn also said he's selling the building to Mary Livingston, who used to be a manager well before the current operators (Trefry Enterprises) took over the operation. Quinn said Livingston will open a tavern in the building.

Also, Trefry Enterprises filed a civil suit against Quinn earlier this year, asserting that the landlord has failed to follow the terms of the 15-year lease that the parties signed 14 years and 11 months ago.

Here's a PDF copy of that suit should you have a lot of time and care how this unfolded in court. 

On Friday, David Trefry, one of the four LLC partners, said the suit was dismissed.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.