Tuesday, January 3, 2012

O’Terrill’s Pub closes, citing Peachtree-Pine as the cause

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Just got off the phone with Rufus Terrill, the longtime owner of O'Terrill's Pub on Piedmont in Midtown, a block from the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. He said New Year's Eve was the last night the pub would be open, as he's tired of "the bums running off my business." The not-so-terribly-shy Terrill, who ran for mayor in 2009 and last year shot a contentious patron in the leg for hassling his bartender, says:

"I'm not gonna do it anymore. I woulda stayed open if [the courts] had shut it down. They're destroying my business here. I told folks today [via e-mail] that it's just too hard to deal with, but I thanked them for years of support."

Terrill says if the city and courts successfully evict the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless (which runs the shelter), he'll open up again. In the meantime, he awaits the outcome of the Fulton County Superior Court hearing set for Feb. 3 to see if the Task Force should be evicted.

Check out our 2009 video we shot of him and his Bum Bot which he built to chase homeless people away from his restaurant:

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