Visitors to downtown's court buildings have one less quick and easy dining option and one less place to drown their sorrows. Courthouse Bar & Grill has shuttered at the corner of Third Street and Lewis Avenue, three years after successfully fighting back Clark County’s plan to pull its lease.
The building was bought by Clark County in 2009 and for five years, bar operator John Isaacs argued his tenant lease with the previous landlord’s should be honored and permit him to stay in place until Dec. 1, 2017. The county eventually agreed, setting the monthly rent at $8,867.50, with a subsequent 2.5 percent increase with each extended year.
Local, unconfirmed rumors point to that dollar amount leading to the bar’s demise, combined with the county’s long-term desire to turn the ground floor into an annex of the district court building across the street.
Well known for its caricature murals of local attorneys and judges on the walls, the very informal Courthouse Bar served a casual American menu, breakfast and lunch specials and embedded notably loose video poker machines in the bar top.
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