Dayton executive buys Flanagan’s Pub property

A photo of Colin Pohlman, shortly after he bought Flanagan’s Pub in the fall of 2015. Recent property records show that an limited liability corporation tied to Nicholas Keyes Jr., of Dayton’s Key Ads, recently bought the property. Allegra Czerwinski / STAFF
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A photo of Colin Pohlman, shortly after he bought Flanagan’s Pub in the fall of 2015. Recent property records show that an limited liability corporation tied to Nicholas Keyes Jr., of Dayton’s Key Ads, recently bought the property. Allegra Czerwinski / STAFF

Local property records show that a limited liability company tied to a Dayton entrepreneur has purchased the property at Flanagan’s Pub in Dayton.

Records show that Pohlman Holdings LLC, of 15 Shafor Blvd., sold the bar building and about a third of an acre at 101 W. Stewart St. to N&S Investments LLC.

Sale price: $400,000. Records date the transaction as late last week.

Business filings with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office show that Nicholas Keyes Jr. is the incorporator/associate for the purchasing LLC. The LLC’s mailing address matches a residence in Springboro.

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Keyes is vice president of Key Ads, a longtime family-owned billboard advertising company in Dayton.

Reached Wednesday by phone, Colin Pohlman confirmed the transaction. He declined to answer questions right away, saying  he wanted to have the “blessing” of the new owner first.

“The public records are correct,” he said.

Messages were left for Keyes.

Pohlman bought the pub in 2015 for $310,000.

"I know the bar has a long tradition of loyal customers and hasn't really changed much in 35 years, though I do want to bring some new life to the place and make it something that respects the past but is new for the future," Pohlman told Dayton.com that year, shortly after his purchase.

Flanagan’s Pub has been practically an institution at the University of Dayton for the past 40 years.

At the time of the last purchase in 2015, Flanagan’s had been on the market for almost two years. Pohlman had been the manager of the pub for about a month when he bought it.

The Keyes family has deep Dayton roots. The family has been in the outdoor advertising business since 1955.

“My grandfather started the business after World War II,” Nicholas Keyes, Jr. told the Dayton Daily News in 2011. “He came home from the war and just decided to go out and start his own company. I don’t know if I would have had the same courage to do that today.”