Downtown dive bar stalwart Bar 107 was supposed to close this weekend after a dispute with the landlord resulted in their lease termination. But they've decided to stay put and continue to pay rent without vacating the facilities in response to the overall gentrification happening in Downtown right now, reports LA Weekly.
Bar owner Vee Delgadillo (who owns slew of Downtown spots including Down & Out) posted the entire statement below, which states that Bar107 will take their landlord to court despite a lapse of their current lease agreement. From a legal standpoint, they don't seem to have a very good standing, but they can sure try to win in the court of public opinion.
The building's owners seem to want to kick out Delgadillo and Bar 107 to produce their own swanky watering hole, though nothing's been put in place. Bar 107 already stayed their 90 day notice to vacate the property. How long will this resistance against the "greedy landlords" in Downtown last? Until something happens, you can still wander into the bar and have a PBR.
THE OWNERS OF BAR 107 WISH TO THANK YOU FOR SHOWING UP FOR THE FINAL NIGHT OF THE GREATEST SHITHOLE ON EARTH. IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO FEED YOUR ADDICTION AND BAD DECISIONS OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS.
THOSE YEARS HAVE BROUGHT A LOT OF CHANGE TO THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AND THE LOS ANGELES BAR SCENE. LIKE MANY CITIES BEFORE IT, EXPENSIVE LOFTS AND CONDOS HAVE REPLACED AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS. WITH IT CAME BLAZERS INSTEAD OF T-SHIRTS AND MIXOLOGISTS INSTEAD OF BARTENDERS. BARS WITH PERSONALITY AND REASONABLE DRINK PRICES HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY STERILE, SAFE SHITHOLES WITH RIDICULOUS PRICES AND EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS ICE CUBES.
MANY LONGTIME RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN PUSHED OUT BY GREEDY LANDLORDS OR THEIR NEW DOUCHEBAG NEIGHBORS. THE OWNER OF THIS BUILDING HAS DECIDED TO FOLLOW SUIT. OPEN YET ANOTHER SHITTY, EXPENSIVE BAR FOR THE NEW YUPPIES THAT HAVE MOVED INTO DOWNTOWN LA. WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN.
THE DECISION WAS MADE EARLIER TODAY THAT WE ARE NOT LEAVING 107 4TH STREET. WE WILL REMAIN OPEN AND CONTINUE TO PAY RENT. IF THE LANDLORD DOESN'T WANT TO GIVE US A NEW LEASE, HE CAN TAKE US TO COURT. UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW IT IS ILLEGAL FOR HIM TO ENTER THIS PROPERTY WHILE WE ARE OCCUPYING IT. IT IS ILLEGAL FOR HIM TO CHANGE THE LOCKS. WE'LL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE STATE MARSHALL SHOWS UP AND TELLS US TO GET THE FUCK OUT. LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW BAR 107 LIVES ON. WE'RE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS SO SEE YOU TOMORROW AND EVERY FUCKING DAY AFTER THAT. #OccupyBar107" [Facebook]