Two owners of 3Crow on Main Street announced in a Facebook post Nov. 2 that the restaurant would be closing. According to the post, signed by Joshua Hixson and Tara Barker, 3Crow will be open for one more week, with a final day scheduled for Nov. 12.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that we are closing 3Crow for good," the post read. The post thanked the local food community — "chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, and food-makers" and the restaurant's staff.

"We will greatly miss all of you: our wonderful guests and the dear friends we have made over these last 3½ years," the post continued. "Because of you and your generous support we were able to weather the storm of the past 2 years, and are now looking forward to what lies ahead."

The restaurant, located at 449 Main St., opened in 2013. Since at least May 2015, Hixson and Barker, who own a 75 percent stake in the business, have been involved in a legal battle with the owner of the property, Richard Rockwell.

As previously reported, Rockwell, who also owns a 25 percent stake in the restaurant, sued Hixson and Barker in May 2015, claiming he was not being allowed to review the business's books.

In a separate filing, Rockwell asked the court to evict 3Crow from the building, contending Hixson and Barker owed rent on the lease to the property, which they had signed in December 2012. In that filing, Rockwell claimed Hixson and Barker owed $220,000 for the balance of the lease agreement and back payment of about $17,000.

In countersuits against Rockwell filed in August and September 2015, Hixson alleged that Rockwell had defamed his character by making false statements, and that the landlord’s initial lawsuit had been filed with the intention of harassing Hixson. Hixson alleged in the latter lawsuit that Rockwell said he wanted a larger financial return from his ownership interest in the restaurant, and used his ownership of the property to make threats and false claims about the restaurant, including serial notices of default to force the restaurant to increase rent payments over the amount required in the lease. The suit asked for payment of punitive damages as deemed proper by the court.

In court hearings in October 2015, Barker testified that Rockwell said he expected to receive a six-figure return on the restaurant each year, and that other people were interested in the space who could also turn a better profit. She said the threat of eviction was then brought up, and became an ongoing theme. Hixson said in court that Rockwell told him he would "use all the weapons in my arsenal to destroy you."

A judge in Knox County Unified Court ruled in favor of Rockwell, to evict Hixson and Barker and give Rockwell sole possession of the business' space.

Hixson and Barker appealed that decision and, in February of this year, Judge Michaela Murphy overturned it, ruling that they were in compliance with the lease agreement.

An attorney for Rockwell said in February he would file a motion to appeal, to be heard by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Attorneys for Hixson, Barker, and Rockwell could not immediately be reached for comment.