Piqua pub to shut down after 5 years, after city declines to renew its lease

The owner of Mulligan's Pub in Piqua has announced the bar will close at the end of 2018. Photo from Mulligan's Pub Facebook page.

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The owner of Mulligan's Pub in Piqua has announced the bar will close at the end of 2018. Photo from Mulligan's Pub Facebook page.

Mulligan’s Pub in Fort Piqua Plaza in Piqua will shut its doors on Dec. 31 after five years, the pub’s owner, Jeff Cotner, told customers in a Facebook post.

“The staff and I would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support these last five years. I hate to have to inform you that our lease with the City of Piqua expires at midnight December 31, 2018 and the city has decided that they will not be signing another lease with Mulligan’s Pub.”

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“I know that this may come as a shock to everyone, as it has been shocking to us as well. I have tried to have a meeting to get answers from the city manager Gary Huff to no avail. I have many questions being asked that I can not answer at this time as I am waiting on a response from the city.”

“Mulligan’s Pub will continue to operate at the Fort Piqua Plaza until we need to vacate the building. This has been a dream of mine and I hope that I will find another place to open in the near future where you all may come enjoy all that you expect from Mulligan’s Pub and more.”

“Thank you all for five WONDERFUL years!”

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The post has generated a robust response, including nearly 300 comments and more than 450 “shares.”

In response to this news outlet’s questions sent via email to Piqua City Manager Gary Huff this morning, the city released a statement saying:

“The city of Piqua has decided to no longer lease space in the Fort Piqua Plaza to Mulligan’s Pub effective January 1, 2019. This decision was made in consultation with the City Commission and city staff based on a number of issues. It is unfortunate that these issues experienced during the lease period prevents the city from continuing the lease arrangements, but we feel it is in the best interest to pursue other options for the space.”

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