Police have charged a five-year employee of Pal’s Shanty and another man with burglary, arson and criminal mischief. Marcus Tyler and Michael Duncan are scheduled for trial this month in connection with the November 15th two-alarm fire that gutted the iconic bar in Hollywood’s business district.
Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Ron Rouse credited a “joint effort between Portland Police and Portland Fire” with helping bring some closure to the bar’s owners. The mid-January arrests came in the wake of local businesses rallying to “adopt” Pal’s Shanty employees to ensure that the fire, two weeks before Thanksgiving, did not overshadow their holidays.
To tide bar employees over until they could apply for and receive unemployment benefits, many businesses donated items for sale or auction at a December 21st fund raiser. Businesses coming to the rescue included TigerLily Tattoo & DesignWorks, Dark Horse Comics, Voodoo Doughnuts, Bishops Barbershop, Hollywood Fitness, Killer Burger, Panera Bread, Unity Cupcakes and The Wet Spot.
Extensive fire and smoke damage along with a complete re-hab to restore the popular eatery are forcing sibling owners Sharon and Jim Hanson to delay the Pal’s Shanty re-open date into the coming summer.