After Feb. 1, chatting with City Councilman Gary Monahan will no longer be as easy as strolling into Henry 'N Harry's Goathill Tavern, grabbing a bar stool and ordering a black and tan.
Monahan, 37, announced this week that he plans to step down as manager of the popular Newport Boulevard pub, which many local residents have come to consider an ideal setting to talk with an elected official.
"It's just that it's come to that point to move on," Monahan, 37, said.
Monahan, who is in his first term on the council, said he is exploring other options in related businesses but has not decided his next move. He may one day open his own bar, he said.
The councilman worked as a loan officer at a Bank of America branch in Palo Alto before moving to Costa Mesa and taking the job at the Goathill.