Almost a year after a two-alarm fire severely damaged beloved bar Liverpool Lil's, the owners have announced via Facebook that they will not reopen. Now, after 43 years of beers and pub fare at the edge of the Presidio, Lil's proprietors say that their landlords have "refused to renew our lease," forcing their closure.
Following the fire, which broke out in the residential unit above the restaurant, the owners pledged to reopen. In the meantime, the business struggled with expenses while attempting to help out loyal employees effected by the closure, raising $14,500 via a GoFundMe campaign.
Though the Facebook post doesn't give a specific reason for the landlord's refusal to renew their lease, speculation abounds in a city that is rapidly losing iconic businessesto the allure of new development. In the meantime, Lil's sister restaurant The Brazen Head remains open for business, so stop by and raise a pint to the good times.