I was away in New York City when @bitsroy posted this tweet in January 2013 about the Marquis of Lorne’s licensee being investigated for allegedly receiving their liquor license due to fraud or false representation and I didn’t see it.
A Twitter conversation amongst several locals a few days ago led me to look for more information about the George St pub, and as a result I found that tweet and learned that in March the licensee was found guilty of this offence and he was fined $3000.
Its recent history is patchy. Comments on a commercial review site suggest a change of management in 2012 resulted in the quality of the food and the service crashing and burning. The most recent post, from 28 June 2013, sounds spammy but contends that the pub had recently reopened the upstairs dining room with a new chef. They didn’t last long, if they ever existed.
The Marquis of Lorne Facebook page was last updated on 30 July 2013. Since around that time it has been closed, with no sign of activity within. Inside it looks neat, like it closed up as usual one night ready to reopen the next day, but no one turned up (exactly like when Endis cafe on Brunswick St closed). There’s no note in the window for customers. Have last drinks been served?