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O’Sullivan’s Wharf closes doors after decades of business

Posted at 12:21 AM, Jun 10, 2015

Norfolk, Va.  - O'Sullivan's Wharf is closing its doors for good.

The announcement came on the restaurant's Facebook page, Tuesday afternoon.  According to the owner's lawyer, Jon Babineau, the landlord gave the restaurant a 24-hour notice before changing the locks.

While the closing seems quick to customers, Babineau says the landlord's decision is perfectly legal.

A manager for Charles Bashar, the landlord of the building, confirmed that the decision to close the restaurant came following a landlord-tenant issue concerning rental payments. Babineau also mentioned that there were problems with leasing terms and the restaurant's condition.

With only hours left before the restaurant's final closing, dedicated patrons made their way to O'Sullivan's for a final meal and drink. The parking lot was filled with customers, many who say they have been coming to the restaurant for decades.

"1983 was when we moved here and they were here and they were one of the first restaurants that I went to," said Buck Cummings.

O'Sullivan's has also been the setting for customers' special moments.

"When I started dating my husband 16 years ago, this is one of the first bars in Norfolk, Virginia that I visited," explained Deniece Byrne.

A 'for rent' sign now hangs on top of the restaurant. Right now, there is no word whether or not a new business will be coming into the space.