Popular Lawrenceville Bar Closes for Good

Hambone's hosted musicians and comedians for much of its 35 years on Butler Street.


Weeks after the death of owner Jeffrey Holt, Hambone’s in Lawrenceville has closed for good. Holt died Sept. 24. The cause of death was not made public.

“We are very sad to have to tell you all. We tried, we really did.. but with the death of Jeff, the bank has made the decision to not continue business with his estate.. and the debt is insurmountable. Therefore.. its over. After 35 years in this spot, with Bill Hammill, then Bill and Jeff, then just Jeff at the helm … We are now permanently closed.,“ according to a post on the bar’s Facebook page. “There will be a sheriff’s sale of the building, as to the rest of it, we do not know details yet. Just from all of us, to all of you, we will miss you and goodbye.”

Hambones Feb171 Cory Morton


Hambones has been a fixture on Butler Street in Lawrenceville for more than three decades. Its stage hosted comedians, singers and musicians.

Holt’s sister Sue Holt-Hauck told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that her family wanted to keep the bar going but that it was impossible because her brother’s estate is closed.

“It’s not what’s in our heart for what we want to do, but we have to do what’s right from a legal standpoint,” Holt-Hauck said. “You need somebody who is going to be able to administer the estate. There would be liabilities. We don’t want to put anybody at risk. We care very deeply about the employees.”

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