Just two weeks after celebrating its 17th anniversary, a Hanover tavern is closing its doors for good.
Friday is most likely the last day KClinger's Tavern at 304 Poplar St. will be open to customers, said Stacey Schuman, a daytime manager who has worked there for 16½ years.
"It's been awesome," she said through tears. "Great people ... great place to work."
Schuman cited a revoked liquor license as a reason for closing.
"We're closing sometime (Friday). Our liquor license is gone. We're still selling food, but it's hard to make ends meet in this economy," she said.
She declined further comment on why the license was lost.
"It's a legal matter being handled by attorneys. But I can say it was not for serving minors or visibly intoxicated customers," she said.
However, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, KClinger's has a valid liquor license through Feb. 28, 2013.
"It was just renewed," said Chris Vitzenty, licensing specialist with the PLCB.
PLCB records also show that from July 1997 through September 2011, KClinger's incurred more than $7,000 in fines for 13 citations including noise, bad checks and providing alcohol to visibly intoxicated customers.
And York County records show about $20,000 is owed in delinquent taxes at 304 Poplar St.
As patrons continue to question why KClinger's is closing, they have been leaving messages of support on the tavern's Facebook page, calling it a "great place" they will sadly miss with the "best selection of beers in Hanover."
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