Customers say goodbye to iconic West Seattle bar

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SEATTLE -  Many people are saying their goodbyes to an iconic bar in West Seattle.

The Alki Tavern is closing to make room for new condos, and the owners decided St. Patrick ’s Day would be its final day.

The owners and customers were at the bar’s final day.

Gill McLynne bought the place in 1976, and many of his customers have been going to the place since then.

In December, investors bought the property and five adjacent ones for $3.2 million.

Condos will eventually go up to take advantage of one of the city’s best views.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Graham Johnson spoke with McLynne’s wife, Cathy, who said after 38 years, they decided it was time to retire.

“Been saying goodbye since December. Today’s the last day. I think it will hit maybe in a couple of days. Like the day after Christmas when it’s like, OK it’s over,” said Cathy McLynne.

The owners have been auctioning off memorabilia and holding several days of celebrations.

There is no word yet when the condos will be built.