A variety of zip-tied, poster-board messages and brassieres adorn the chain-link fences that practically squeeze the building.
Patrons of the Thirsty Beaver Saloon in Plaza Midwood have added their own personal touches to the chain-link fencing that went up unexpectedly Wednesday.
The roughly 1,200-square-foot building on Central Avenue that houses the Thirsty Beaver is owned by George Salem. But the bar, which opened about six years ago, is surrounded by land owned by N.C. Cole Properties and Investments, according to county property records.
The company’s Central Avenue address is the same as John Hatcher’s realty group, which, Salem said, has made periodic offers to buy his property over the past decade.
Hatcher did not respond to several telephone calls and email messages from the Observer.
Salem believes Hatcher put the fencing up to force Salem out. The property the neighborhood bar sits on has been in Salem’s family for 63 years. Salem said he has no intention of selling.
“It’s part of our family. We’ve had it all those years; I’d like to keep it,” he said.
Brian Wilson, who owns the Thirsty Beaver with his brother Mark, said the pair previously rented the adjoining parking lot from Hatcher.
Wilson said Hatcher notified them last month the lot would no longer be available, but Wilson said he was surprised at how aggressive the fencing was.
“I was expecting a rope fence or something, so no one would use the parking lot,” he said.
Wilson said the fence boxes in the bar.
“It’s harsh and looks horrible to the neighborhood,” he said.
Wilson said the Thirsty Beaver has no plans to close.
“We’ve met a lot of people we really care for and love,” he said. “Their support is more important than some fence.”
Jamey Wheeler, a patron of the Beaver, said the saloon has a devoted following that applauds its plans to persevere.
“I think it’s awesome the small guy is fighting back,” Wheeler said.
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