“Dear Kingston has closed,” the post reads. “We are thankful for the opportunity to have served you and gotten to know you. We truly appreciate you all, and thank you deeply for your support!”
No further explanation was given.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support former employees, and in its description, notes that
“no notice given to the staff… They received an email from the owner informing them that Sunday 9/3 was the last day of service and that the bar will not be reopening after only 5 months of operation. It was said that the building needs to be sold for personal reasons and that due to this the bar will need to close effective immediately. This left our staff devastated and confused. We’ve been busy and seemed like we were only gaining momentum. There was no sign of trouble relayed to the staff. None of us were given any time to find new employment and process what’s happened.”
The bar was popular with locals, featuring a variety of beers on tap, German-inspired bar food, and a large “bier garden”-style outdoor area. On August 26, a large crowd attended a hair and fashion show thrown at the bar by a local salon. The show ran a few hours late, and was at times a chaotic scene which included a bathroom being locked out, long waits for drinks, a visibly flustered staff and one patron being arrested outside after repeatedly refusing to obey requests by staff to leave.