Half Acre Nightclub in Bangor closing

Published: Dec. 20, 2022 at 11:49 AM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A controversial Bangor nightclub has announced it’s closing its doors indefinitely.

Half Acre Nightclub owner Patrick Brann posted the announcement on Facebook.

Brann said the closure is a personal choice, and isn’t due to local government, neighbors, or lack of success.

There were mixed reactions among those TV5 spoke with Tuesday. While there is dismay around another business leaving Bangor, some say it’s the right move.

“I don’t work the night shift anymore, but if I did, I’d be relieved because we were there a lot for fights, for assaults, for stabbings, for shootings, for murders. And, yeah, it was a problem,” said Sgt. Jason McAmbley, public information officer, Bangor Police Department.

“I’m actually really disappointed that Half Acre is closing. It’s such an integral part of the nightlife in downtown Bangor. It’s really the only true dance club that we have in Bangor, so having that gone, I think will definitely leave a hole for the community,” said Betsy Lundy, executive director, Downtown Bangor Partnership.

Half Acre was at the center of a recent contentious licensing process.

Despite pushback from neighbors, the city renewed a key operating license, with certain conditions, last month.