Will biker club take over Vernon bar?


VERNON — Nesbitt's Portside Tavern became the talk of the town when a no-trespassing sign went up last week.

Select Board Chairman Josh Unruh said the sign was only on the property for about two hours. He told residents on Facebook that a motorcycle club known as The Iron Militia put it up.

"There has been nothing filed with the town about them purchasing the property as of yet," he wrote Friday, adding that the Windham County Sheriff's Office and Vermont State Police had been notified. "We will see what comes of this."

Dispelling rumors on a Facebook thread, Unruh said he had been told the club was not a Hells Angels charter. Complex.com named Hells Angels one the most dangerous biker gangs in America.

Information on the Iron Militia online was sparse. But a pig roast held in Brattleboro during July supported the group, according to a flyer posted on Facebook in June with the words "we reserve the right to refuse anyone" appearing in small print inside the lines of an illustration of a pig.

Unruh invited community members to come to the next Select Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. He said board members will do their best to answer any questions.

Sheriff Keith Clark said he recently received a call about the no-trespassing sign.

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"We had heard some rumors over the summer; there was a group wanting to buy it or make it into a club," he said. "But it's all rumors at this point."

Clark said the bar closed about a month or two ago but he had not seen "anything official" about a new use of the building.

"We don't have any real information," he said.

State Police Lt. Anthony French confirmed he heard the same information Unruh shared on Facebook with the exception of the discussion anticipated at the next Select Board meeting.

Calls made to the number listed for Nesbitt's and John McKay, building owner, were not immediately returned Sunday.

Unruh works for the Reformer in the advertising department.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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