A signature remnant of the old Comet Tavern’s past was removed overnight in what the tavern’s new owners say was a brazen burglary at the 10th/Pike bar.
An email sent Wednesday morning by Dave Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse details an overnight break-in through a busted window in which someone removed the dozens of dollar bills stuck to the bar’s ceiling.
“It’s with great sadness that we are writing to report the the comet was broken into last night,” the bar’s new owners wrote. “The only thing stolen, but maybe the most important remnants of [its] past, were the dollar bills on the ceiling.”
The Lost Lake partners are taking over the old bar space after financial troubles forced previous owner Brian Balodis to shutter the longtime watering hole.
Meinert and Lajeunesse are working to reopen the tavern in 2014 and the space is currently undergoing a restoration and overhaul that includes gutting a significant amount of moisture damage while leaving the main bones and structure of the space intact.
The dollar bill heist might be more of a spiritual blow than any real loss of historical value. Regulars say the bills were removed periodically and donated to a nonprofit — though a few choice artifacts of posterity were likely lost in the burglary.
The partners say police are currently investigating the break-in and that video surveillance of the area is being reviewed to identify any possible suspects. “We are combing through our [videos] today in hopes of catching a glimpse of the thieves/thief,” they write.