When the owners of the Hessian Lion posted on their Facebook page Oct. 8 that they were aiming to reopen mid-October, patrons expressed relief that the bar was slated to return from its long hiatus.
"You made us a little nervous! Glad to see the doors are opening again soon. Can't wait to see y'all now that we live MUCH closer!" patron Emilee Dery wrote on Hessian Lion's Facebook page in October.
However, the only standalone bar in Avon has since quietly closed its doors in town. Hessian Lion has not posted another message since.
There's a "for lease" sign on the windows for the space – more than 1,900 square feet. The owner of the 10 East Main St. building still lives in an apartment above the former bar.
John Lumani, who opened Lumani’s Ye Olde Barber Shoppe nextdoor early fall, said Hessian Lion closed soon after he moved in a couple months ago. He said he had looked forward to working next to the bar because their proximity could have brought in more business to both places.
Patch could not reach the Hessian Lion owners before the publication of this article, so the official closing date is not confirmed. More information on the circumstances surrounding the closing and whether the owners plan to reopen the bar elsewhere will be provided as it becomes available.