RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The future of Java Jungle, Jungle Vino and Sierra Tap House is up in the air after they received eviction notices from the owner of the building they lease, but things are beginning to look a little brighter.
After nearly a decade in business - and a gut remodel to change a one-time chapel by the river into a beloved local bar - the future of Sierra Tap House is unknown.
"It's definitely disappointing," said co-owner Zachary Cage. "It's very confusing. There's not a lot about this whole situation that's made a lot of sense to us."
Cage said they've never caused any issues that would warrant an eviction notice, but that's exactly what they, and the owners of Java Jungle and Jungle Vino, got in August.
The good news? The property is being sold.
"Just in the last couple of days we've been delivered documentation that the building has been sold," Cage said. "We've had no dealings with the new owner. We've had no contact. But we're under the understanding that in the coming days it will go into escrow."
Then it's time to go back to the table with the new owner to negotiate their lease.
"We're definitely flexible on it and we'd love the opportunity to open up discussions again and put all this behind us," Cage said.
Cage said they think the building is being purchased by an out of town developer, and he hopes they'll want tenants that won't turn over, like the tap house that has been there for eight years and Java Jungle for 23.
"The worst case scenario is that we'd have to leave and stop doing business for either a short period of time or indefinitely," Cage said.
He said this won't interrupt all of their business. He and his partners also own Ole Bridge Pub; Legends Grill, Sports & Spirits; and The Brewer's Cabinet.
Support for the tap house has been pouring out across social media. Support Cage is thankful for.
"Whichever way it goes, I'm sure that our customers will continue to enjoy the other locations if not all four," he said.
Cage said he is concerned about the effect closing, even temporarily, would have on their non-profit. Through the Reno Rebuild Project the owners of Sierra Tap House donate five cents of each sale at each of their four bars to a micro-loan fund for new or developing businesses.