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Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern closing its doors

Posted March 19, 2014

Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern was one stop along the tour where we learned about different haunted stories and pubs during the Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure tour Saturday night (photo by Wes Hight).

Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern will close its doors in downtown Raleigh on March 31, owners announced Tuesday. 

The tavern opened in 2009 amid the Downtown Raleigh Renaissance. Owners say that as their lease began to wind down at 112 Fayetteville St., their landlord, Pete Gillis, decided to go in a different direction, striking a deal with the owner of 606 Nightclub and Myst in Glenwood South to replace the tavern with a new concept. 

Owners Brad Bowles, Ben Yannessa and Zack Medford say they are "heartbroken to see the tavern finally close its doors so abruptly." 

"We are proud of our little bar, and we hate to see it end like this," Medford said, "but we know that we will bring Isaac Hunter’s back in the future, and this time make it everything we’ve always wanted it to be."

Isaac Hunter's will remain open from 4:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily until March 31. Their official goodbye party will be Sunday, March 30. 


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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Mar 19, 2014

    In other news...

  • hapcanuck Mar 19, 2014

    Agree with Keeter. Hate to see this place go but it has always been the red headed stepchild. And last thing Fayetteville St needs this turned into a cheap college type bar. That said, someone needs to go in and redo this place.

  • Keith Bonham Mar 19, 2014
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    Definitely should have signed a [i]at least[i] a ten year lease when opening a place like this to prevent the landlord from pulling the business you built right out from underneath you. By the time you build a name a rep for yourself, you have to close, that's sad. Fayetteville st doesn't need a 606 or Myst type club. That's what Glenwood is for!!!