A long-time Costa Mesa dive bar, The Helm, is set to shutter Saturday after its landlord chose not to renew the business' lease.
According to Dana Couch, a 24-year employee, the bar is set to shutter at 2 a.m. Saturday.
The bar at 1824 Newport Blvd. has been a fixture for decades, with the name The Helm for 23 years, and the Shamrock before that. It is thought to be one of the oldest full-liquor bars in the area.
"It's devastating," Couch said. "I've been here so long it's like losing family."
Couch said she may work at Tony's Place, about half a mile away, where some patrons may migrate.
Landlord Robert "Zeb" Ziemer, who owns neighboring Goat Hill Tavern, decided to stop renting to The Helm and replace the bar with a more upscale lounge, Helm owner Myron Miller told the Daily Pilot in early July.