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Missouri Bar & Grille

Missouri Bar & Grille

The Missouri Bar & Grille — a revered reserve for reporters, raconteurs and other rowdies — may have poured its last.

Zeta Zavradinos, who has operated the bar at 701 North Tucker Bouelvard since the September 2013 death of her father, Trifon Panopoulos, said the bar would be "closed until further notice."

Zavradinos said she decided to close down the bar until she could settle litigation pending between her and other relatives of Panopoulos.

"With all of the rumors going around about us closing, we thought it would be better to close for a while," Zavradinos said.

Athina "Tina" Miller, a fixture behind the bar for more than 30 years, said she knew little about future plans for the bar.

"We were open Saturday night and Sunday night," said Miller, who has been tending bar at "MoBar" since Valentine's Day 1983, when Panopoulos and a partner took over the business. "But when I got into work for Monday (night), the locks had been changed."

Zavradinos said she has closed the bar to protect the collectibles that filled the tavern's interior, saying some people have taken photos and other items.

"I got tired of seeing my father's things walk out the door," she said. "Every night, I'd notice something else missing."

The building which houses the bar is owned by Pete Panopoulos, Trifon Panopoulos' father, through a family trust. The family has not engaged in the business since September 2013.

Zavradinos said she would like to re-open the bar, but would not commit any further. "I'd like to continue my dad's legacy, but it's best that the bar be closed for now."