Saturday, July 14, 2012

Four Corners' Corner Pub Closes After Forever


It's increasingly rare to find an authentic neighborhood bar these days, particularly in this area. The Dietle's Tavern on Seminary Road was definitely one, but that closed after the MoCo smoking ban went into effect.

The Corner Pub in Four Corners definitely fits the description of a neighborhood bar. If you didn't live in Woodmoor or one of other the surrounding communities, you could probably pass it by a hundred times and never know it existed. I don't know exactly when it opened, but it's been there as long as I can remember. You can go to the Corner Pub at noon on a Tuesday and find blue collar types at the bar sucking down beers (Pepco employees, perhaps?).

Well, at least you used to be able to - anyone trying to grab a pizza and a cold one at the Pub today was greeted by a locked door on which this sign was posted:

Photo by Yelp! user Michael M.
The Pub was on the market at some point over the past couple years, though it doesn't appear that any sale was ultimately made. Now, sadly, it appears the bar will be sold as part of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There have been rumors circulating that there was some more nefarious reason behind the Bar's closing, but it may have purely been financial.

Former (?) owner Randy Hurowitz today posted the following message on the Pub's Facebook page.
To my value customers of the corner pub! It is very important to me that you all know don't always believe rumors you hear why I had to close the pub I was stabbed in the back and got comptley screwed over but all of that is not important know I want to thank each and one of you from the bottom of my heart for coming to the corner pub threw out the years I truley enjoyed seeing all of you every single day this is not goodbye just a brief break I'm in the process of purchasing and new and improve corner pub please stay posted to this page for updates and the new location there are going to be people that are going to try to put a bar resturant in the pubs old location they are bad bad people I'm asking all my loyal customers to never ever go in there ever it will stink big time and the people attempting to go in there are bad bad people again I love each and everyone of you and will see you all very soon at the new corner pub. Thanks very much love Randy
Well, that didn't clear much up, does it?

Will be interested to see how this one turns out. Regardless, it's a shame to lose a place like the Corner Pub.



50 comments:

Yada said...

Decthent goodbye letter. The thierra nevadas and wingths will be missed.

Anonymous said...

May also be worth noting that Fajita Coast, which was right next door, left after a nasty dispute, presumably with the exact same landlord. We need to find out more about the landlord, I think...
We went into Corner Pub once to catch a specific college football game, it was fine - I liked Babe's better, but alas they are both gone now. Four Corners has become a retiree/young family neighborhood, not as blue collar as it once was, so I think the next place in that space will have a very different demographic.

Anonymous said...

Different landlords for the 2 establishments and different reasons for the respective closings. There will be a new place opening soon in the previous Fajita Coast location.

Jenny said...

Someone needs some punctuation!

Still, sorry to see an old standby shut down.

Anonymous said...

That is too funny...good one.

Anonymous said...

OMG THE BEST WINGS IN THE WORLD WERE AT THE CORNER PUB! I AM SO SAD TO SEE IT GO!

Anonymous said...

Sad to see our only neighborhood watering hole go down, but Randy was a cantankerous jerk always on the verge of exploding in anger and a poor businessman from what I could see of how the place was managed. Wonder where all the regulars, who were in there literally every day, will go. Please, Lord, bring good draft beer and BBQ to Four Corners.

Anonymous said...

Shocking! Another bar in Silver Spring closes. no worries- Ethiopian food coming Four Corners. Get readY!

Anonymous said...

I bought a place in the neighborhood this weekend and was planning on walking to the Corner Pub on Sunday until the rain rolled through. Damn.

Anonymous said...

What a bummer! All the old neighborhood places are dying out! I guess they will be putting another Chiopotle there across from the other one!

Anonymous said...

What a blessing! The Pub was grungy, old and run by a pompous, nasty (BIG) dude who knew not how to treat his customers. There are many stories about how he mistreated folks who WANTED to spend money at his bar. Worst pizza and a very dirty place (the bathroom was a horror scene). What a maroon! I say "GOOD RIDDANCE" Randy, you big ole fool, and learn how to spell! Can't wait to spend my $ on the new place!!!

Anonymous said...

What new place? Montgomery County moron executives are probably dancing for joy that they got rid of another bar.

Anonymous said...

Such a sad day. But really, the pub hasn't been the same since Randy took over. During freddys days, the young parents met there every weekend night. You had to get there 30 min before a skins game to get a seat. Kids played games and keno. I can't help but feel like the cowboys jersey wearing owner had something to do with the down fall. Hope to see a rebirth for Woodmoor like some if the va suburbs have been able to pull off. Making it once again the place young families want to live.

Anonymous said...

Where will we go now?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T575Pbo4eWM

JamesAddiction said...

Randy was never rude to me or my friends for years of going to the Pub. I do not get the hate.

Anonymous said...

Randy is a blabber mouthed idiot that obviously can't even write a coherent paragraph. I saw him treat multiple customers with a terrible attitude.

Anonymous said...

Oh wait, the douche who owned it was a Cowboys fan?

I was sorry it left but now that I know that...Screw him. Glad it closed down.

Sligo said...

"Oh wait, the douche who owned it was a Cowboys fan?"

According to his Twitter profile, he was also a Yankees fan...

Anonymous said...

18 comments so far and yet not one mention of the square pizza!!!! Seriously!

Sligo said...

Square pizza.

Tom said...

Like a good friend through the years looses his/her pace, so did "The Pub". Pizza was the absolute best in the area, the owners and patroons were very friendly and the beer was cold! Well, the beer is still cold!! My wife and I are interested in purchasing this old place, to replace much of the interior for a BBQ/Bar. Keeping the old feel.

John mauchamer said...

Back in the 60s and 70s, the Corner Pub was THE place to meet and greet. I'll bet I drank more draft beer there than any other customer before or since. It was a true neighborhood bar and meeting place. Everybody met their friends there to plan their weekend adventures and to see what everybody was up to. It is truly a shame to see this establishment close. It was a great place. John Mauchamer

Anonymous said...

The Pub was a great place and I'm grateful for every drop of Bass I put down there and it was a lot. Please tell us what the problem was or is and perhaps we can help find a solution. Try and get beyond the old manager and new manager stuff. The pub needs to reopen, and we'll build a new bathroom and add a couple of new things to the menu.We miss you.

Tom and Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Randy needs to go back to school and learn some basic english.

Anonymous said...

If you've ever run a business pretty much by yourself, it isn't hard to make enemies, even if you really are a decent sort. Exhaustion makes you lose patience and customers can really be "maroons" (morons). Go easy on the guy.

Anonymous said...

For years, the parking lot has been an issue for the various businesses in that Rte. 29/University corner, including the Pub. Lots of towed cars. Perhaps that has something to do with this--maybe a dispute between the building owner--who is universally considered a real jerk--and the businesses.

The Pub was a dirty dump, but it was the neighborhood's dirty dump! There are so few bars left in MoCo, but I don't understand the comment about MoCo govt. wanting to close them down. Explain please?

Anonymous said...

I heard that the Fajita Coast landlord raised the rent unreasonably and treated the FC guys terribly, nd towed their customers' cars in retribution for imagined "bad behavior."

Four Corners residents miss FC and would love to see a great restaurant come into that area (not the Chinese place that's reportedly taking over the old FC ...)

Really, so many of us have disposable income and would like to have a great place to walk to, bring the kids, etc. A good restaurant would make a mint.

Anonymous said...

The Corner Pub is going to be re-opened by a former pub owner from Wheaton. Nice changes are in store.
Looks like an Irish theme with sports.

Yada said...

Great, just want we need, another fucking faux Irish Pub. Christ... just turn it into California Pizza Kitchen.

Anonymous said...

On 7/27 Anonymous said...
The Corner Pub is going to be re-opened by a former pub owner from Wheaton. Nice changes are in store.
Looks like an Irish theme with sports....Hopefully it's Ian M. from the Royal Mile Pub and not his successor who ran the place into the ground.

Anonymous said...

FUCK ALL YA that guy was an ahola
allways a new owner ruins something
just like the deli loosin its beer license,china house 'beer license'for good-the only good thing randy did was fire diver

Anonymous said...

Randy You are a good fellow.I can not wait for your new Corner Pub to open.You were only an ass whole to people who were ass wholes.Much luck to the new spot!

Anonymous said...

After multiple unpleasant encounters with the volatile, foul-mouthed, and unreasonably unprofessional owner, I stopped going to the pub. I stopped insisting on dragging my friends there, as I had done for years, and I stopped recommending it. I spent thousands of dollars a year at this place when I believed it was a true gem, and I miss it a lot. My money started going elsewhere quite awhile ago, and if others have had similar experiences, then it's clear why the business failed. I look forward to and hope for a new, locally-owned-by-a-different-owner, non-chain establishment to take over.

Anonymous said...

Is the former owner, Randy, serious with this post? He ran off the regulars and treated everyone I know that went in there terribly. He deliberately bumped into me while walking by the bar on several occasions and dared me to do something about it. What a terrible person. I heard he wasn't paying his bills and defaulted on the rent and was in the process of stuffing cash into bags the day the marshalls evicted him. He ruined one of the best neighborhood bars that ever existed. Similar to Cheers, it could've been very successful if this guy didn't run it into the ground. I started going to the Stained Glass Pub and if the Corner Pub ever reopens, good luck to the new owners.

Anonymous said...

All of you have no clue what you are talking about. This is how rumors get started. About Randy, yes he had his moments, but he also did care about his employees, customers, and business. It is a shame that it closed and that people lost their jobs.

Anonymous said...

I put a curse on this place.no dam New York bars in silver spring.did the same thing to barnabys.don't mess with the devil.

Anonymous said...

Better support the devils.

Anonymous said...

Did his brother own the buffalo wild wings in loemanns plaza

Anonymous said...

SUCKED W/ RANDY- AAAAAND SUCKS NOW
60.00 FOR 3 TO 4 PITCHERS-DONT RUN A TAB IN THERE 'EVER'- red mable? got yur tux on ? get stuck in 4c ripped off-Dtown SS Yawl

Anonymous said...

stained glass pizza is just as good-mixed drinks 5 bucks -downtown SS GALAXY pool hall 7 dollar pitcher happy hour and a million other bars walking distance-

Anonymous said...

Goes to show you! I posted this on metromix back in 2009. Also when Randy took over the pizza changed and to save a few pennies he changed the wings to bigger mass produced GE wings (not as good)! Below is what I posted in 2009.

I have to say I have fond childhood memories every Tuesday night at The Corner Pub. When Marty (I believe that was his name) owned The Corner Pub, he had two ladies who were very friendly servers Yolanda, and (I forget the other lady’s name) back in the 80's and 90's. I loved their pizza, parmesan cheese, onion rings and fried chicken wings with a side of bbq sauce. Ever since the place was sold to Randy and his Asian wife (who I think left him?), the place is no longer friendly, the food honestly sucks!!!!, it was ok in the beginning, but he then changed 20 years of recipes and products to cheaper cost and you can tell. Do me a favor if you think I'm lying... next time you are there open the parmesan cheese lid and smell it. 90% of the time it smells moldy and you can sometimes see the mold. I brought this to Randy’s attention and he was reluctant on giving me a different jar of parmesan cheese. I've had a few other problems with Randys' attitude. As far as I'm concerned he is a fat slob who runs his establishment with the same mind set as he runs his body, but hey who am I to judge.... he is the one who owns it, not me. There is a better place and its not too far down the road from The Corner Pub, another yahooer posted it before me The Stained Glass Pub in Glenmont @ the corner of Layhill Rd. and Georgia Ave. Half priced pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays (with a drink PURCHASE for ALL guests), Half priced burgers on Wednesdays. A little further drive, not being able to get 1/2 price pizza on Thursdays, drinking bad wine, not having to argue with an owner on a weekly basis is worth my time and health.... what about yours? I wish Randy the best of luck, but if he keeps running his business the way he is, his luck may run out!

Anonymous said...

Ok so I made the last post before this. Today I went to the corner pub.... It is now called The 4 Corners Pub! I was greeted at the door by a new server. She opened the door for me add she saw I was coming in on a walker. I told her that I wanted to see if they were open, and to take a look inside and at the menu... Of course I bi**hed a little about the previous owner, Randy. I spoke with the bartender and she told me she never met him but she hasn't heard anything good about him! The menu is a little different, but that's ok! To make an old business survive, you have to make a few sacrifices. The staff is much friendlier! It's not as dingy, I did not go to the bathroom, but from my understanding they were defiantly upgraded (much needed)! While talking to the bartender, I told her about the parmesan cheese issue that I had with Randy. She informed me that something like that would never happen in this new restaurant, that she personally cleans and rotates the parmesan cheese containers daily! At this point I decided that my family and I would give my old pizza spot a try again! It is painted nice and you feel welcomed as you walk into the restaurant part of the pub. I personally like the old booth benches, they didn't remove them. It's funny to say this because some people may disagree, but the benches are springy and kinda lets you know how long this bar has been around. We orderd a Heinijin for my friend, a Shirley Temple for me (that's what I've ordered there since the early 80's) and my son, and a water with lemon for my Wife. The glasses, were actually clean! I didn't happen to mention that in my last post. We ordered the onion rings for an appetizer (the one thing that always was good and still is, even when Randy owned it). Then we ordered Griffs pizza (same pizza since the 80's maybe even before then), a medium rectangle mushroom and pepperoni extra sauce well done! It came out perfect! Stained Glass Pub, I won't leave you forever, but my childhood spot is back! Just fyi, half priced pizza a The 4 Corners Pub is Tuesdays and Thursdays still after either 4 or 4:30 pm! Go check it out, I am glad I did! Oh yeah, the parmesan cheese was not left on the table. When the pizza was brought to us, the server brought out new plates without asking and then asked us if we would like parmesan cheese, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Rock on guys keep it up and you will have a booming business!

Anonymous said...

it used to be 2.10 a draft-now 6 bucks-get the hell out-solution white oak giant red baron large-3.00-mont co liquors 6pack moosehead 6.00 -not getting a dwi or an overpriced cab-'priceless 'fuck that place,are they trying to pay off the liquid gold paint job in the land of riverdale !

Anonymous said...

"I" got 3 0r 4 pitchers and my bill was 59.00 -they need ta bring randy back and close it down again !

Anonymous said...

the waitress names were ahlonda and her mother dottie who started working there the day the pub opened in 1967 griff also has been there sense it opened

Anonymous said...

the old owners name was freddy hallen and bobby lafont was the manager the pizza is sicillin style

Anonymous said...

and to anybody that cares dottie passed away back in 2011

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