Legendary Bar's future in doubt

Calls to Shaw's office were not returned as of press time.

While in the midst of legal complications, Morris's continues to operate and Emanon Equities it still working to complete construction on the Seitz Building.

As part of approved plans for the reconstruction of the building, the kitchen has been removed from the bar for the time being. Gorelick said the kitchen is going to be replaced.

"It's still part of the approved plan that we have from the building department," he said.

As part of the original lease on the space, there was a provision that no food can be prepared on the premises. If a new lease is agreed upon and signed, that is likely to change.

As with the kitchen, sound proofing above the bar is also part of the construction plans, Gorelick said. With several high-end apartments being constructed above the bar, Gorelick said there has been concern about the noise coming from the local pub.

"People that would be living above it would be concerned about the noise," he said. "We made plans specifically knowing what Morris's is capable of, so that Morris's could coexist with the people that will be moving in."

Gorelick said local architect Andy Ramsgard is on the job and throughout the entire process of building and renovation, they have worked closely to take precautions to "acoustically mitigate the sound."

As far as Gorelick is concerned, he said, plans have not really changed since the project was proposed.

"The situation is that, in a nutshell, Morris's doesn't have a valid lease," he said.

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