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Look for new barkeeps on E Olive Way as Tommy Gun owner makes deal to focus on new project in old Philly Fevre space

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E Olive Way’s Tommy Gun will close this weekend after nearly four years of business as owner Erin Nestor says she is putting her full focus on a new project near her E Madison watering hole, The BottleNeck Lounge.

Nestor announced the last day of business at Tommy Gun in an email to CHS Friday afternoon:

Thanks to everyone who supported Tommy Gun over the last 4 years but as we know, all good things must come to an end, and our end is this Saturday, January 17th.

Please join us for our final celebration tomorrow night. We’re hosting an epic happy hour from 5pm to close featuring $4 drafts and wells and $5 Moscow Mules.

We’d like to thank everyone for supporting the bar – we’ve had a blast and will remember our time on Olive Way fondly. Cheers to some of the best bartenders in Seattle for lending their talents to this endeavor! Thank you….

Netstor’s new project will be called Two Doors Down and will replace the shuttered Philadelphia Fevre later this year.

Nestor has been working on a deal with new owners to take over the Tommy Gun space on E Olive Way. A new venture called Kessler’s from James and Tracy Ward appears to have sealed the deal. We haven’t yet heard back from the Wards on any changes they plan for the venue.

Nestor’s deal to sell the bar comes as Tommy Gun was approaching its fourth birthday. It opened in spring of 2011. Nestor told us part of the inspiration for Tommy Gun was the coming Broadway light rail station.  “I lived in Chicago during my ‘roaring twenties’ and loved the city’s unabashed embrace of neighborhood bars and taverns – particularly those located steps from the entrance to the El,” Nestor wrote. “One of the primary reasons I’ve chosen this location is its close proximity to the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.”

Capitol Hill Station (CHS coverage) and the rest of the U-Link extension is slated to be open and ready for service by early 2016.

Meanwhile, there are at least a couple more boozy changes coming to E Olive Way. Here’s one to look forward to: Liberty’s Andrew Friedman says his new Good Citizen is finally almost ready to open in the former home of Online Coffee. It’s one of 28 (and counting) new places to look forward to on Capitol Hill in 2015.

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CaphillTom
CaphillTom
6 years ago

well this sucks. I always liked Tommy Gun for a good craft cocktail. I always found the place to be a bit small, but I thought it was well used.

Noroton
Noroton
6 years ago

What a pity! It was one of my favorite places on the Hill. All the best to Erin and the crew there!

Bathsheba
Bathsheba
6 years ago

I thought Andrew Friedman had died of minimum wage poisoning. Isn’t that what he promised?

Pod
Pod
6 years ago

Sad, I loved Tommy Gun. Great sandwiches and great happy hour. I’ll try to support Erin’s next business because she’s pretty awesome, but it will be a much further walk. What the hell, we’ll make it out there at some point.

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rob
rob
6 years ago

One. Of the few places not corrupted bt tourists and suburbanites. One of the last true Capitol Hill neighborhood bars. You’ll be missed.

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