After more than two decades in downtown, the Town Pump Tavern announced that it will close, confirming several months of speculation about the future of the bar. In a Facebook post published Wednesday, December 5 the longtime watering hole — situated in the Park Avenue House building at 2305 Park Ave. — stated that it would close on January 12. Owner Sean Harrington tells the Detroit News he plans to relocate the Town Pump Tavern to the shuttered Centaur Bar across the street at 2233 Park Ave.
Harrington, who operated both bars as well as Hot Taco and Iodent Lofts, had remained silent about the Centaur Bar closure. Shortly after the closure was confirmed, Curbed and the Detroit Free Press received word that residents in the 180-unit Park Avenue House apartment building had received eviction notices as part of an impending transition in building ownership. The city later negotiated a deal with Harrington and the building’s new ownership Troy-based MKiezi Investments that would allow residents — many of whom are low-income — to remain in the building through June 30, 2019.
The rebooted Town Pump Tavern is slated to debut sometime in early 2019.
Update, 5:44 p.m., December 6, 2019: This story has been updated with the latest information on the closing of Town Pump Tavern.
• Town Pump Tavern to Close and Re-open in Centaur Bar Space [Detroit News]
• Centaur Bar Temporarily Closes Amid Changes on Park Avenue [ED]
• Residents at Park Avenue House Downtown Receive Eviction Notices [CDET]
• Detroit Hotel Residents, Many Low-Income, Given 30 Days to Move [Freep]
• All Centaur Bar Coverage [ED]