Future of Sullivan’s Irish Pub Remains Uncertain

Former owner says he hasn’t spoken to the current owner of the business.

The man who opened  says he doesn’t know what’s next for the popular — and now closed — restaurant on Madison Avenue.

Patrick Sullivan, who sold the business to Rich Nedly in January, said he’s waiting for more information.

“You’d have to ask the owner of the business,” said Sullivan, who still owns the building. “I can’t reach him. I don’t know any more than you do.”

Nedly has not returned several calls seeking comment.

The lights are on at. The doors have been shut and locked since Friday.

Several large boxes, stuffed with decorations and stacked on the tables, can be seen through the windows.

The parking lot is empty and a cone blocks the rear entrance on Chesterland Avenue. 

Employees were told last Friday not to come into work — and not much else.

It’s not clear whether the business has closed temporarily, or permanently. 

The employees don’t know either.

More than a few customers stopped by the business, then left disappointed.

“That’s a bummer,” said one Sullivan’s customer on Tuesday, when he found out that the business wasn’t open. “It’s a great place.”

The restaurant — picked by Lakewood Patch readers as having and the — changed hands earlier this year.

Many to hear of the closing.

Many of them also wanted to know if they could have their mugs — kept at the bar for safekeeping — returned.

Lakewood resident Brandon Scullion said he was saddened by the news.

“I didn't go there much but it was a gorgeous place to be,” he said, adding that he wonders whether Sullivan will take over the business again.

Sullivan declined to comment on that possibility.

“I just don’t have any information right now,” he said. “I enjoyed myself when I owned the business. I enjoyed serving the Lakewood community, and I enjoyed being a part of the community.”

Stephen J. Byrne July 25, 2012 at 11:04 PM
The best things about Sullivan's were the staff (John, Neil et al.) and the food. The worst things about it were Patrick's grouchiness and ignorance of what hospitality means, and the obsession the joint had with the Clancy Brothers wannabes The New Barleycorn. The new owners continued the downhill slide by trying to woo a young crowd, dissing the old regulars in hopes of bringing in the sour-apple martini gang. I would love to see Sullivan's get turned into a real Irish pub for serious Irish-Americans and anyone who wants to celebrate real Irish culture.
Jake Irish July 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Now we don't have to listen to those loud, obnoxious, wanna-be actors on Tuesday nights! Bring back our old Sullivan's!
angie January 09, 2013 at 04:11 PM
i would like my mug back


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