The former KClinger s Tavern in Hanover is up for sale, according to the real estate leasing agent for the site. KClinger s closed in April, amid financial
The former KClinger s Tavern in Hanover is up for sale, according to the real estate leasing agent for the site. KClinger s closed in April, amid financial struggles. ( THE EVENING SUN TIM STONESIFER)

Former KClinger's site on the market for $525,000, agent says.

A popular Hanover Borough bar shuttered amid financial struggles this spring is now up for sale, according to the property's real estate agent.

The former KClinger's Tavern along Poplar Street is on the market for $525,000, according to NAI Commercial-Industrial Realty Co. agent Nikolas Sgagias.

The sale price includes a liquor license, Sgagias said, as well as nearly all of the restaurant equipment.

"Everything is set up and ready to go," he said. "It's a turn-key deal."

KClinger's closed unexpectedly and amid some controversy in April, after the bar's management admitted ongoing financial trouble. Owner Bill Klinger initially said the bar's liquor license had been revoked, then later clarified the license was pulled as an asset, as part of an action by the Internal Revenue Service.

Word spread initially of the potential closure, though the bar remained open for food sales for several days before shuttering for good on April 21.

At the time, Stacey Witalec, director of external affairs for the state Liquor Control Board, said KClinger's was in good standing with the board, adding the license for the site was still valid.

But Witalec cautioned on Monday while the former KClinger's license is still active, anyone wishing to use it at the site will need to go through the state's normal licensing process.

"You can't just buy the property and assume the license would come," she said.

A liquor license is only approved after a series of state requirements, including background checks, public comment and extensive review of tax documents, Witalec said. An on-site inspection from the LCB is also required.

"It's a thorough process," she said, "and for good reason."

Klinger did not return calls seeking comment on the sale.

Sgagias said the site went on the market last week.

According to the real estate agent's website, the 4,697-square-foot building was constructed in 1950, and later updated in 1987. It sits on nearly a quarter-acre of land.

Sgagias said NAI CIS is confident the former bar will draw interest, both because of the amenities included in the sale, and because it's long been a well-known Hanover destination.

Klinger, John Clinger and Cynthia Braid joined together to open KClinger's, at 304 Poplar St., in the mid-1990s, capitalizing on the growing interest in microbrews. The site offered dozens of different beers on draft and was a staple of Hanover's nightlife and bar scene, hosting live music and a thriving carry-out business.

KClinger's also initiated what evolved into Hanover's annual chili cook-off. But officials have said even without the bar, that event will go on.

Sgagias said the hope is someone will act swiftly, and bring the borough business back to life.

"It's a landmark in Hanover and we're hoping someone takes it over and returns it to form," he said. "Hopefully, we get something out there soon."