You probably already thought it was closed.

Pakistani restaurant Bahaar has been hermetically sealed since 2017, according to the NDB. So like me, you might be surprised to read that it is “officially” closing. There’s a bit to unpack here, so let’s back up just a bit. Also, this place has a long history here in the Bangor area.

I remember going there in high school with friends. It sounded so exotic. Back then, Bangor wasn’t much of a cultural melting pot of different types of food. There was Pepino’s, Sing’s and the Jade. Everything else was good old American grease, haha. So for a group of teenagers looking for a new experience, this was the place.

Bahaar always seemed like it was intermittent.

For me, it always felt like it was open…sometimes. As if there was no real rhyme or reason when they were opened. But if the lights were on, you’d turn around immediately because you didn’t want to miss a chance to order. Back then, the food was huge. It may still be the case, but I haven’t been there in ages.

Fast forward to now, and the doors have been closed for five years due to ongoing health and code violations, and difficulty meeting the owner. Of course, the pandemic has done no business any favours. By then most of the issues had been resolved, but the owners of the restaurant resented the owner more.

But there was no lease…

I don’t know anything about the law, but I imagine it’s as difficult to hold landlords liable when you don’t have a lease as it is for the landlord to hold the tenant liable. That ended the deal, apparently. But now a judge has given landlord Paul Cook permission to evict landlords Noor and Zafar Khan with a no-cause eviction.

This is for cases where there is no lease to dispute. The Khans have made several attempts to protect their livelihoods, but now will have to find a new space to do so, which will ultimately be their intention. And we all hope they do…that they can find a new space and continue to prepare the delicious cuisine they are known for.

But I tell you… There aren’t many businesses that have been in one place in downtown Bangor for decades. Hopefully the Khans can find a way to do it again.

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