As reported over the weekend by our sister station WJON, the owner of the Press Bar and Parlor has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

According to an article in the Star/Tribune, it seems that there were some other factors possibly leading up to the demise of the historic downtown bar.

Apparently in November of last year a judge had ordered Welsh to sell the bar.

There were mounting bills from some projects that had been done.  Many had noticed the remodeled upstairs area of the Press.

Welsh is expected to be formally charged today (Tuesday).  In a statement from his attorney, Welsh is expected to plead not guilty.

We will update as more information becomes available.

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