- Associated Press - Thursday, January 11, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - A famed New York City pub that has been a part of the Washington Heights neighborhood landscape for more than 30 years will close amid a rent spike.

The Irish pub Coogan’s opened in 1985 and has been a mainstay of the neighborhood ever since. The owners say the restaurant is closing after their landlord raised their monthly rent by $40,000.

Famous patrons of the bar include former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and singer Alicia Keys.

Restaurant partner David Hunt says he and the other owners will use their connections to find job placements for all 40 current employees.

The owners say Coogan’s will close sometime in May.

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