Empire’s Brewpub suddenly shuts down in Armory Square

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Empire Brewing Company’s Brewpub in Armory Square in Syracuse didn’t open for its usual lunch hours on Wednesday, the first sign that the restaurant had shut down.

People headed to the underground brewpub for lunch found a padlock on the gate at the top of the stairs.

Owner David Katleski confirms to NewsChannel 9 that the Walton Street restaurant is closed, at least temporarily, as he negotiates new terms of his lease with the building’s owner.

Katleski says, “We are trying to resolve a lease dispute with the landlord. I’ll keep you posted.”

The company has also changed its hours of operation on its Facebook page and website to reflect the closing.

In what appears to be an unrelated move, Empire Brewing Company filed for bankruptcy in August.

At the time, owner David Katleski told NewsChannel 9, “We are not closing in Caz. It’s a reorganization and will not affect anything involving operations. This is a very good thing for Empire.”

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