Update (July 21): Liam Flynn's Ale House raised $30,000 through a combination of its GoFundMe campaign, an uptick in recent business and personal loans to the owner, Liam Flynn said on Thursday. It was enough to pay off his debt to landlords City Center Inc., but fell short of its $50,000 goal.
The bar was open for business on Wednesday, and plans to stay open in its current location through the end of the year, he said.
Flynn said he hopes the support demonstrated to landlords the importance of the bar in the Station North community, and will convince City Center Inc. to eventually renegotiate his lease terms. If not, Flynn said he has options to move the pub to another location in the city.
The response to the GoFundMe, which is still active, moved Flynn, he said.
"It completely fills my heart," Flynn said. "It's interesting because you really get to see the best and worst of people, whether what you've been doing is appreciated or not. Obviously, how people have supported us, I'm just amazed."
Liam Flynn's Ale House, a Station North pub and live music venue, will remain open after staving off eviction.
The pub was set to be evicted if it could not pay off the $30,000 owed to its landlords, City Center Inc., by today. Last week, Liam Flynn's launched an online GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 to pay the debt and related lawyer fees, while also helping owner Liam Flynn find a new loaction in Baltimore, he said.
The pub also held a silent auction fundraiser.
The GoFundMe campaign had raised just over $14,400 as of Wednesday morning, but the ale house announced Tuesday night on Facebook and the fundraising website that it had "beat the eviction."
"Thank you everyone! We couldn't have done it without you and the behind the scenes [heroes.] We will carry on looking to renegotiate or look for a new home … We at, Liam Flynn's Ale House, are overwhelmed by the goodwill of our [supporters]," the Facebook post stated.
Carolyn McGuire-Frenkil, a partner at City Center Inc., confirmed Flynn paid his debt on Tuesday. She said she was happy the campaign worked and that it would keep the bar at its current location for the rest of the year.