Since the 1980s, Ford has stopped by for countless chats, but all the talk here has recently turned to the China Hall's impending closure.
"They want to bring the lease to a close and basically just want to get rid of us," Michael Norris explained.
Shortly after opening on this day, they welcomed a familiar face, Patrick Ford, a patron turned longtime friend.
"Obviously, all things take their progression, but this just seems to be unfair," Ford remarked.
Khan recently hired the city's first-ever "night czar," Amy Lamé, to curb nightspot closures and launch consultations on how boroughs can protect their pubs.