May 23, 2018
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Downtown Bangor restaurant to close

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — After 26 years as a fixture in downtown Bangor’s West Market Square, the Whig & Courier Pub and Restaurant will close.

Owners Chris and Michelle Geaghan announced the news recently on the restaurant’s website and have invited patrons to come in one last time before the official closure on Saturday, May 29.

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“We’ve had an amazing run and made some great friends over these past 26 years. Please know we love and appreciate all of you,” the announcement stated. “Thanks for your loyal service and know that you mean the world to us.”

The website also has a message board for people to leave well wishes and stories from the last 2½ decades.

An employee at the Whig & Courier said Monday afternoon that the Geaghans were not available for comment until Tuesday.

According to its website, the original Whig & Courier opened in 1984 on Franklin Street. It was named after the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, a city newspaper from the 19th and 20th centuries that once rivaled the Bangor Daily News.

In 1986, then-owner Steve Johnson moved the restaurant to 18 Broad St. next to the Charles Inn. The Geaghans bought the pub in 1997.

According to records filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bangor, Chris and Michelle Geaghan declared bankruptcy last June.

The bankruptcy matter has not yet been resolved and a call to attorney Richard Silver, who represents Chris Geaghan, was not returned Monday.

In October 2007, the Maine Human Rights Commission ruled unanimously that there were reasonable grounds to believe that Chris Geaghan sexually harassed a female employee who worked at the Whig & Courier for several years.

The woman indicated her intention to file a civil lawsuit in Penobscot County Superior Court seeking compensation for lost earnings and emotional distress. Brett Baber, who represented Geaghan in that case, said Monday that the matter has been settled, but he did not disclose the terms of that settlement. Baber is listed as a creditor in the Geaghans’ bankruptcy filing.

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