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Club 23 up for sale on Craigslist

Marcela Berrios | Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Club 23 owner Mahmoud Hussein has put the bar he has owned for more than 20 years up for sale – on Craigslist.

The asking price for the bar, located on 744 N. Notre Dame Ave., is $695,000 and will get the buyer the tavern’s 2,500 square feet of space, the building itself, the 57-car parking lot, the furniture inside and the establishment’s liquor license.

John Veit, a bartender at Club 23, confirmed by phone Tuesday night the listing’s legitimacy.

The Observer could not reach Hussein for comment, but he told WNDU that the August 21 shooting of two Notre Dame students outside the establishment had nothing to do with his decision to sell the bar. Hussein said he was tired of the late nights, WNDU reported.

Seniors Matthew Collins and Mitchell Depree were shot by an unidentified man outside the bar’s front door while they were waiting for a ride. Depree was shot in the leg, and Collins sustained life-threatening injuries from bullets to the abdomen and leg.

Though both Collins and Depree recovered, Hussein told The Observer in early September he feared students were “boycotting” Club 23 because they didn’t feel safe in the neighborhood anymore.