COSTA MESA — Robert "Zeb" Ziemer, owner of the famed Goat Hill Tavern and landlord of The Helm next door, says he's not going down without a pint, er, fight.
The Helm, whose owner told the Daily Pilot he was shuttering the dive bar on Newport Boulevard at the end of August, is being sued by John F. Fackler under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Fackler's lawsuit accuses The Helm of violating the act, enacted in 1990, and has named Ziemer, 80, and Helm owner Myron Miller as defendants.
In an interview Friday, Ziemer said he had to raise the rent on The Helm, after both he and Miller started facing rising legal fees associated with the lawsuit, which he called "extortion."
The rent would have had to be raised eventually, but legal fees put more pressure on Ziemer, he said, which caused The Helm's need to close.