NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Gillian’s Ale House has closed, and the property at which it was located is listed for sale.
The restaurant, located at 7835 Post Road, announced on its Facebook page July 17 that it would be closed “until further notice.”
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will let you know of any updates when we have them,” the post reads. “Thanks as always for the support everyone. We love this town and we love our patrons.”
An online search now lists the establishment as permanently closed. A listing for the nearly 5,000-square-foot building and property states it is for sale for just less than $1.3 million.
Shaun Lampinski, Gillian’s general manager, said he arrived on the morning of July 17 to find the locks changed and a cleaning crew inside.
Gillian’s had recently reopened after a one-week closure that began June 25. The North Kingstown Town Council, at the recommendation of the North Kingstown Police Department, voted unanimously to impose the weeklong closure at its June 18 meeting.
In seeking the closure, police said the establishment had failed to comply with the terms of an agreement reached after a show cause hearing held earlier this year.
At the show cause hearing, Chief Patrick Flanagan asked the council to revoke the establishment’s liquor license for 30 days, saying that more than 50 incidents across three years had resulted in calls to the department. Police specifically cited two incidents involving Gillian’s patrons – a fatal June 2017 motorcycle accident and a March assault – in making their case.
Lampinski said that he feels the business was a victim of “selective enforcement.” He denied that Gillian’s violated the terms of the agreement reached with police following the show cause hearing.
On Tuesday, Flanagan defended the department’s approach.
“It was captured that they weren’t following the rules,” he said. “The council saw the film and ultimately we got the seven-day suspension. I’ve been hearing stuff that I’m the cause of the place being shut down. Well, basically, the owner had enough of being brought before the council.”
Lampinski, who worked as general manager of Gillian’s for 3½ years, spoke of the closure’s effect on patrons and employees. He thanked the establishment’s customers for their support.
“People have lost their livelihood,” he said. “People have lost their family. Some of those were my best friends.”
There has been an outpouring of support on social media after the bar’s Facebook page announced the closing. One comment asked anyone who lost their job to reach out to them for a potential job, while several comments noted the “fun times” at Gillian’s.
“I don’t even have the words to express how sad this is!” one comment reads. “Thank you to staff for creating a place that was welcoming and fun.”