July 19 2010 12:00 AM

The popular downtown bar and restaurant stays open amid legal confusion

Happy hour at Brannigan Brothers was like any other on Thursday evening.
Five bar stools had butts in them, three women were sharing chips and
dip and white wine, three servers scrambled about, Top 40 music was
over the radio, ESPN was on the televisions and the Bell's Oberon was

The bar and restaurant closed for three hours Wednesday due to what general manager Nick Watanabe called "legal issues."

"There's some BS going on, but if it was severe, we wouldn't be open today," he said.

The bar and restaurant was closed for three hours Wednesday before
re-opening. Watanabe would not comment further on the legal issues at
hand, and said, "I'll give you more when I find out."

Brannigan Brothers will be open until they are told to do otherwise, he said.

"Well Lansing....This is goodbye :(" was the message posted early
Wednesday afternoon on the Facebook page of Brannigan Brothers. When
commenters began asking questions about what that meant, the
administrator issued a two-word response: "Shut. Down."

Watanabe would not disclose who posted Wednesday's Facebook message.