ITHACA, NY – Some Cornell students might be in for an unpleasant surprise when they return from break – their favorite dive bar will be gone.

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According to a report from the Cornell Daily Sun, Dunbar’s is now closed up for good. The bar served Collegetown for 36 years.

The Sun had previously reported that the owner, Dave Pepin, had been wanting to sell the establishment since 2003, as he wanted to spend more time with family. No further information about the closure was available, per the Daily Sun.

Dunbar’s entrance. (image: Dunbar’s twitter feed)
Dunbar’s entrance. (image: Dunbar’s twitter feed)

Dunbar’s is the latest casualty in a series of bar closures in the last few years.

In Sept. 2014, Rulloff’s Restaurant and Bar closed its doors although it did reopen earlier this year.

In July, 2015, the sudden closure of Stella’s shocked many.

Pixel Lounge is also no more, and of course, the Chapter House suffered a devastating fire in April 2015. Fortunately, at least, the Chapter House will rise again.

If nothing else, it serves as a reminder to treat your favorite watering holes with love – you never know when they might be gone.

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Michael Smith

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