All Bar Nun to close by 1 February?

johnboy 19 January 2012 46

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The Canberra Times has the horrific news that O’Connor’s All Bar Nun has been ordered out by the landlords:

The new landlords bought the building in late 2010. They were not available for comment yesterday, but it’s understood they are planning to open a new bar on the site.

Despite the setback in O’Connor, the owners of All Bar Nun are also proceeding with plans to open a restaurant and bar at Griffith shops.

The development, in a former Chinese restaurant, is expected to be open for business within a matter of weeks.

So if you want a sneaky pint in the sun there’s not much time.

One hopes the landlords will not drag the chain in opening the new premises.


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felizz felizz 1:27 pm 23 Jan 12

I can see it being turned into something like SubUrban in Dickson or Public in Manuka. Seems like they have a formula, and now they just punch them out.

shauno shauno 11:27 pm 22 Jan 12

chilli said :

I’m not that bothered if ABN stays or goes. What I’d like to see is a bit more competition for the IGA there – it’s expensive, has a crappy range of products and staffed by people who couldn’t give a toss.

Maybe we could move the Northside contractors on to greener pastures and use that space for some useful shops (eg baker, Deli, decent cafe, newsagent, [insert own preference]).

I shop there a bit because its convenient for me living in Turner. I don’t do big shops there but go there fairly regularly. Your delusional if you think small shops like that can charge the same as the big supermarkets. I don’t mind paying more for the convenience of local shops.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 11:25 pm 21 Jan 12

Fliponout said :

Life Goes On
This is Canberra there is no loyalty to any business in this town
They were offered to buy the building and passed on it
Such is Business there Loss and the new owners Gain ‘
LIVE AND LERN BY THE Mistake..

Live and lern? Live and F*&king LERN? Is this what the world has come to? Being urged to lern by people who can’t spell Lurn?

Moran.

caf caf 8:25 pm 20 Jan 12

dtc said :

caf said :

Well, after pulling this stunt a couple of times one would think that such a landlord would gain a reputation as being someone that small businesses don’t want to do business with.

Sure. If you, as a small busines, have an alternate location/landlord to use. Not if you are leasing from one of the larger shopping centre operators or the owner of the entire shopping centre in your suburb. Or if the landlord changes part way through your lease.

Sure, it doesn’t help the small businesses that have been screwed over, but it does punish the landlord, so this should act as some kind of deterrent.

Duffbowl Duffbowl 4:20 pm 20 Jan 12

XO_VSOP said :

The rugby boofheads can tackle a few hipsters or urinate on some following tradition.

League boofheads. Rugby boofheads do other things.

dtc dtc 3:29 pm 20 Jan 12

caf said :

Well, after pulling this stunt a couple of times one would think that such a landlord would gain a reputation as being someone that small businesses don’t want to do business with.

Sure. If you, as a small busines, have an alternate location/landlord to use. Not if you are leasing from one of the larger shopping centre operators or the owner of the entire shopping centre in your suburb. Or if the landlord changes part way through your lease.

Now I dont know anything about the ABN situation, only what is being reported and rumoured. If I were a small business then, based on the rumours, I probably would look elsewhere; however if I was a small business already at O’Connor then I dont have much choice other than to cross my fingers at lease renewal time.

Landlords dont get everything their own way, of course. Small businesses often fail and dont pay rent. Many businesses are not location dependent and will move to the best offer at the end of their lease, even if you have been a great landlord.

caf caf 2:58 pm 20 Jan 12

dtc said :


In other words, once all the hard work has been done and a bar established and a client base created, just take over the business.

There is no solution to this of course. A left wing person might say it shows that those who own the land (capital) always win the battle over those that provide the labour.

Well, after pulling this stunt a couple of times one would think that such a landlord would gain a reputation as being someone that small businesses don’t want to do business with.

I’ll try and stop by ABN for a quiet ale to say goodbye.

MERC600 MERC600 2:46 pm 20 Jan 12

Well Geezzz ..how to pick !! two earth shattering news items ,, nuns to close, and one of the wiggles gets the boot. Wiggles win.

dpm dpm 2:22 pm 20 Jan 12

Fliponout said :

Life Goes On
This is Canberra there is no loyalty to any business in this town
They were offered to buy the building and passed on it
Such is Business there Loss and the new owners Gain ‘
LIVE AND LERN BY THE Mistake..

Your post has reminds me… Whatever happened to Krats?

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 2:15 pm 20 Jan 12

Not one of the new owners are you Fliponout? I noticed you posted on the CT website with the same spelling mistake.

Fliponout Fliponout 1:26 pm 20 Jan 12

Life Goes On
This is Canberra there is no loyalty to any business in this town
They were offered to buy the building and passed on it
Such is Business there Loss and the new owners Gain ‘
LIVE AND LERN BY THE Mistake..

Stevian Stevian 12:45 pm 20 Jan 12

poetix said :

I-filed said :

All Bar Nun relied heavily on the student trade didn’t it? Griffith is an affluent area, but Griffith Shopster New Age vego hippies nursing a soda & bitters won’t bring in anything like the $. May not be a good move!

A lot of vegetarians drink, in order to make up for missing nutrients. I will miss this place. Although it’s not one I use a lot, it’s nice to know it’s there if I’m feeling anaemic.

Admit it, you hate vegetarians because you know they are so much better than you.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:19 am 20 Jan 12

New Yeah said :

Hopefully the new owners cut the pub back down to a reasonable size (ditch the faux cocktail bar out the back) and put in a nice restaurant.

+1

New Yeah New Yeah 10:28 am 20 Jan 12

p1 said :

I-filed said :

All Bar Nun relied heavily on the student trade didn’t it? Griffith is an affluent area, but Griffith Shopster New Age vego hippies nursing a soda & bitters won’t bring in anything like the $. May not be a good move!

Student trade 10 years ago or more maybe.

Indeed. With pints at ABN $8.50 not as many students would go these days. Good riddance says I.

Hopefully the new owners cut the pub back down to a reasonable size (ditch the faux cocktail bar out the back) and put in a nice restaurant.

Endrey Endrey 9:20 am 20 Jan 12

I’d like a cosy live music venue and some independent shops, maybe some exotic immigrants to open a restaurant to make Lyneham jealous.

But hey, this is Canberra and the rent will be impossible to maintain by doing anything more interesting than laundering the coke money that started life as a Brumbies membership fee.

poetix poetix 8:39 am 20 Jan 12

I-filed said :

All Bar Nun relied heavily on the student trade didn’t it? Griffith is an affluent area, but Griffith Shopster New Age vego hippies nursing a soda & bitters won’t bring in anything like the $. May not be a good move!

A lot of vegetarians drink, in order to make up for missing nutrients. I will miss this place. Although it’s not one I use a lot, it’s nice to know it’s there if I’m feeling anaemic.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:10 pm 19 Jan 12

The_TaxMan said :

I couldn’t care less if this or any other bar shuts in Canberra but really “horrific news” jees

I reckon there was a touch of self deprecating irony there. It’s one of those things that’s difficult to explain…

p1 p1 7:08 pm 19 Jan 12

I-filed said :

All Bar Nun relied heavily on the student trade didn’t it? Griffith is an affluent area, but Griffith Shopster New Age vego hippies nursing a soda & bitters won’t bring in anything like the $. May not be a good move!

Student trade 10 years ago or more maybe.

Darkfalz Darkfalz 6:46 pm 19 Jan 12

I-filed said :

All Bar Nun relied heavily on the student trade didn’t it? Griffith is an affluent area, but Griffith Shopster New Age vego hippies nursing a soda & bitters won’t bring in anything like the $. May not be a good move!

I don’t think so, most of the people there when I go past are blue collar types having a beer or cheap pub meal in the afternoon.

HenryBG HenryBG 5:55 pm 19 Jan 12

buzz819 said :

toadstool said :

While on the subject of bar closures. Can anyone tell me what is going on with Filthy McFaddens? Last time I walked past it looked like a construction site. Is it closed for good? It was also a Canberra institution.

I’m going to say that it has been closed for the last 2 years or so….

Too many stabbies.

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