ATLANTIC CITY — The Chelsea Pub & Inn, a staple in the city for 159 years, announced Thursday it has closed, effective immediately.
“Alas, all good things must come to an end,” the pub said on its Facebook page. “The Pub will no longer be open for all the laughs, good times and shenanigans. It has been one hell of a ride, and we hope everyone has enjoyed their time here. Thanks for the memories we will miss and love you all.”
The inn attached to the pub is also closed. There was no information available for refunds on deposits guests already paid.
The bartending classes inside the pub will go on as scheduled.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, a sign was posted on the door that said the pub was closed for cleaning. An employee behind the counter told The Press of Atlantic City the pub would reopen later in the day.
Less than an hour later, the pub announced it was closing.
At 1 p.m., the same employee told The Press many people had just found out they all lost their jobs. Several employees sat around the bar drinking beer and listening to music before leaving for the final time.
The employee behind the counter declined to state the reason for the pub’s closing, saying it was just “difficult circumstances.”
Jorge Ramirez, who worked in maintenance at the Inn for 15 years, was loading his tools into his truck after learning he had lost his job.
Located less than a block from the Boardwalk, the bar was a Victorian-style bed-and-breakfast in 1858 and an illicit liquor store and nightclub during Prohibition from 1920 to 1933.