The historic Public House has announced that it will be closing after being sold to a new owner. Both the building and the business have been sold as part of the sale. The Kingston pub is located in the same stone building that housed Sir. John A. MacDonald’s law office from 1849 to 1860.
“Sadly, after 10 years, The Public House will be no more. It has been an interesting and sometimes tumultuous ride with many new friends & customers, lots of happy moments & some controversy!” said Paul Fortier & Denis Leblanc in a statement on their website. “We turned this tiny matchbox of a building into a key player on the hospitality scene in downtown Kingston.”
The Public House attracted national attention in 2018 after announcing that it would be dropping Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from its business. Given the pub’s deep roots in the community, they will be doing a “farewell tour” for its customers until February 27th.
“We will remain open for dine-in & take-out service Tuesday to Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m. until Saturday, February 27.” wrote Fortier and Leblanc. “We will be featuring some of our favourite dishes at a discount until we close along with a more limited selection of draft beer, wine & spirits. We would love to see you all before we close permanently at the end of the month,” They added.
The Public House has been for sale and looking for a new owner since July. The Public House was one of two buildings being sold by Fortier, with the other being Renaissance Event Venue.