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Last week, news broke that famed Georgetown saloon Nathans was closing after 40 years.

Then, we also discovered that Nathans’ property was still on the market. If this was any old watering hole, it wouldn’t matter. But Nathans was located on “one of the top 10 locations on the East Coast — you can’t get much better than that,” as a real estate broker told the Reliable Source yesterday.

That location, of course, was Wisconsin and M Streets in Georgetown.

But the spot was also the source of owner Carol Joynt‘s woes, according to her blog. The building’s owners were unreasonably strict on her lease terms, she contends (see Monday July 6’s entry).

Once the closure was made final, Joynt still had one rather large request from her public: Could it please help with chipping away a $22,000 debt? The restaurant closed last night, and this weekend, Joynt raked it in. See how much below the jump.

Joynt keeps a blog of all the happenings at Nathans:

July 11 report: “As of Friday evening, we had received $11,000 in gifts, ranging in size from $50 to $5000. The average is $100. We cease serving at close of business on Sunday night, but we will be inside cleaning out the place on Monday and Tuesday (please, come grab a broom and help).”

July 12 report: “We have raised almost $19,000 from your contributions. Beyond amazing. What a great group of people out there, loving Nathans. IT’S THE CITIZENS BAILOUT. Went down for brunch and during the hour I was there at least five people pressed checks into my hand. Came home and there was a check in the mail slot.”

And at some point yesterday, Jim Kimsey “bought the etched glass window and doors that are uniquely Nathans. Very nice of him. With his purchase, we will be within inches of our goal of $22,000.”

It’s a little unclear to me exactly what all this money is for, only that most will go to the Office of Tax and Revenue, and the rest may help with a rental payment due this week.  I’ll try to get a final sum this afternoon.

Update: Here’s a Facebook message from Joynt explaining the $22,000: “When the city heard Nathans is closing they called for $22,000 in February sales tax which we failed to pay. (This happens when a business is failing). Otherwise, we’re current, and we’ve paid hundreds of thousands of sales tax over the years. Tomorrow, if its not paid, they will put liens on my house and bank account.”

Image by Ktylerconk, Flickr Creative Commons