Cork’s and Stubby’s closes, owner faces felony rape trial


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The doors were locked Monday at Cork’s and Stubby’s on Park Avenue and South Main Street. Signs on the doors announced the business has closed.


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Signs hanging on the doors say Cork’s and Stubby’s has closed.

They appeared Monday as would-be customers found the popular downtown restaurant and bar shuttered, with furniture and flowers gone from the patio.

“They closed business voluntarily Saturday after Dancing on the Streets,” said building owner Paul Bires. “We accepted it.”

Bires and David Hansing opened Cork’s in 2011.

They were business partners until 2014 when Bires divested himself of his stake. He continues to own the property and runs Giuseppe’s Wine Cellar next door.

Bires declined to comment further on the change, saying he is unsure what may happen with the space.

Customers with scheduled private events should call him at 440-935-3122.

Hansing could not be reached for comment.

The closure comes as Hansing, 42, prepares for a Sept. 27 trial date at the Lorain County Justice Center.

He was indicted last March on a first-degree felony rape count, pleading not guilty.

That charge stems from accusations by an employee who said she was sexually assaulted during a late night shift.

Police said they investigated for three months after being called to Cork’s on South Main Street. They spoke with several witnesses and the alleged victim, who was reluctant to pursue charges but did receive medical attention.

A final pretrial date has been set for Sept. 12 before the case goes to a jury.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The doors were locked Monday at Cork’s and Stubby’s on Park Avenue and South Main Street. Signs on the doors announced the business has closed.

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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The doors were locked Monday at Cork’s and Stubby’s on Park Avenue and South Main Street. Signs on the doors announced the business has closed.

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By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com