Auburn bar closes after 23 years in business

“We’ll miss you.”

Regulars at Auburn bar Jitz’s Tavern said goodbye to the business Sunday by writing messages like the one above in its windows.

Max Muhleisen, who has owned the bar for 12 years with his wife, Kitty, said Monday that they decided to close Jitz’s due to high rent.

“The landlord’s in New York City and thinks $3,400 a month is fair rent for a corner tavern,” said Max, who lives with his wife in Auburn. “And we couldn’t afford it.”

According to Cayuga County property records, the three-story 65 Franklin St. building where Jitz’s was located is owned by L Properties LLC. The owner could not be reached for comment.

Muhleisen said he did not know what would replace his business.

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