‘The time has come, the walrus said’. Or, perhaps, the whales, as big-money businessmen Michael Leko and Will Shamlian are set to close the much-beloved King Eddy’s Saloon on December 16th. After decades of quenching the thirsts of downtown’s Skid Row denizens without so much as a day off, perhaps the last true dive bar in the area will be padlocked and shuttered for a dusting off next week. What the bar will come to look like under the guidance of the folks who brought us Library Bar and Pizza Urbano remains to be seen.
One thing is guaranteed: it sure won’t look like it does now. Leko and Shamlian are known commodities in the restaurateuring game, with a knack for varnishing up outdated spaces to appeal to younger, hungrie crowds — sometimes at the expense of a bar’s original charms. And even if the pair wanted to use what’s already there, they won’t be able to; current owner Dustin Croik is selling it all.