Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Popular saloon closed for unpaid rent

Cowboy Bill's Honky Tonk Saloon closed Friday due to an ongoing legal row over unpaid rent, according to court records.

It was unclear when the popular Duval Street bar and restaurant would reopen. Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived Friday to close the business.

According to court documents, Cowboy Bill's owner, R.D. McGregor, owes landowner Old Town Key West Development Ltd. and Historic Tours of America Inc. $97,463 in unpaid rent dating to Feb. 1, 2012, states a nine-page eviction and back rent complaint filed in Monroe County Circuit Court on Feb. 6.

Included in the complaint were two adjacent properties at 5 Aronovitz Lane and 630 Lang Milian Alley.

The property owners allege McGregor owes them $16,435 for back rent dating from February 2012 on the Aronovitz Lane property and $12,332 on the Lang Milian Alley property as well, records state.

McGregor signed a July 31, 2009, lease agreeing to pay the rent, documents state. He did not return a phone message Friday.

Ed Swift, an owner of Old Town Key West Development and Historic Tours of America, declined to comment when reached by phone.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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