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Eugene Haslam sells Zaphod Beeblebrox in 'bittersweet' deal

Famed Ottawa nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox is changing hands. Eugene Haslam has announced that he has sold the York Street bar to a staff member.

Founder Eugene Haslam says he's selling the bar to a staff member

Zaphod Beeblebrox tags itself as "the nightclub at the edge of the galaxy." (Google Maps)

Famed Ottawa nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox is changing hands.

Eugene Haslam announced on Wednesday that he has sold the York Street bar to a staff member.

According to an email from Haslam, his last day will be Jan. 31, 2016.

He called the deal "bittersweet."

Eugene Haslam says he's taking a break to enjoy life. (Submitted by Eugene Haslam)

The new owner takes possession Feb. 1, 2016.

"This venerable venue will continue with a new lease on life and will, hopefully, with the strong support of Ottawans, continue the legacy of our past 26 plus years," wrote Haslam.

"I will take a break and enjoy life, spend time in Ottawa and Montebello, travel, eat well, stay fit and surround myself with the company of good friends. In time, I will explore new opportunities and challenges in Ottawa and continue to be of service to my community."

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