After six years, Mama's Crowbar on Munjoy Hill is closing. The Press Herald reported earlier this year that the "beer only, cash only" neighborhood bar run by Tricia Henley and her children successfully fended off eviction attempts by building owners, but only through the end of the lease on October 1. The essential craft beer bar will shutter after Labor Day, which means this is the last weekend to celebrate the welcoming space that Henley created — before she hits the road in a refurbished camper named "Honey."
Never one to mince words, Henley posted a raw farewell on the company's Facebook page Tuesday, clarifying, "This is not the closing of a business to us or even a bar. It is the killing of a dream."
So I've been trying all day to find a nice way, a diplomatic way, to say this and I just keep coming back to saying it...Posted by Mama's Crowbar on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The Beer Babe memorialized Mama's in her latest piece for The Bollard, touching briefly upon the issue of gentrification and highlighting the appeal of the cozy, underground space:
As one of the relatively few female bar owners in Portland, Tricia has been an outspoken advocate for women in a male-dominated environment where bars are often considered places for men to either pick up or get away from members of the opposite sex. She established the CrowBar as a "safe space" where harassment of any type — hate speech or degradation of anyone based on their beliefs, race or sexual orientation — was not tolerated.
Mama's Crowbar will open early Saturday, Sunday, and Monday — at noon instead of 4 p.m. — so you have extra time to say goodbye.