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Ashtown's landlords agree to let brew pub stay through March 15

Ashtown's landlords agree to let brew pub stay through March 15

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Ashtown in 2012

In this TDN file photo from 2012, SignMasters employee Jeff Galovin adds letters to the windows of the Ashtown Brewing Company building on Hudson Street a few months before the beer joint opened.  

Ashtown Brewing Co.’s landlords have agreed to let the brew pub stay at its location in downtown Longview for another month, despite earlier complaints that the business was staying there without a lease agreement.

In return, owner Jarrett Skreen and his business must pay rent and attorney fees and provide proof of insurance, according to court documents.

Skreen’s landlords on Feb. 4 filed a legal complaint against him in Cowlitz County Superior Court, alleging that he was staying in the building at 1175 Hudson St. without a lease agreement. Select Enterprises, a landlord company that manages the building, notified Skreen on Dec. 30 that he needed to leave the space by the end of January, but he and his business stayed.

The brew pub has operated out of the space since opening in 2013.

During a Feb. 12 court hearing, attorneys from both sides agreed to a “stipulated order of stay,” which allows Skreen to stay in the building until midnight March 15. But if Skreen does not leave the building by then, the court will authorize the landlords to evict him, according to court documents.

According to social media posts, the brewery plans to relocate. However, Skreen had not formally announced the new address as of Monday. He also could not be reached for comment Monday.

The brew pub’s last day at the Hudson Street location is Feb. 29, and the business will “have our grand reopening when the nice weather hits,” Skreen said in a Feb. 11 Facebook post.

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