MOORHEAD - O’Leary’s Irish Pub & Grill has closed indefinitely, according to a Facebook message posted Monday afternoon, Jan. 20.
The closure was immediate, according to an answer to a customer question, but the post promised that the southside bar in a strip mall at 808 30th Ave. S. would be opening again.
“As of today, O'Leary's is taking on a new internal and management team. We are working hard behind the scenes to move in a new, positive direction. In order to do this process properly, we feel that closing indefinitely is our only option at this time,” the Facebook post said.
“The name will not be changing, and you can expect some new and old faces when reopening with the same great service and atmosphere,” the post said. “Please follow us on social media for information as we get closer to reopening.”
In fall 2018, the former owner of the Southmoore Mall, Ken Martin, had filed a complaint to evict O’Leary’s Irish Pub, as well as to evict O’Leary’s Liquors and the (by-then) closed Craic House Coffee and Deli from the nearby Bridgeview Mall, saying that $300,000 in rent, late charges and other fees, including attorney’s fees, had been unpaid to Martin’s MIG Properties.
The pub, liquor store and coffee house had a common owner, Barrett Prody, the complaint said. Prody told The Forum in late September of 2018 that he was owed at least $100,000 beyond the rent because he paid to fit up the properties, and had not been reimbursed.
Not long after, Southmoore was foreclosed upon by Dougherty Funding LLC. The foreclosure notice said that about $2.9 million was owed on the property by October 2018.
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Martin told The Forum on Monday, Jan. 20, that he no longer owns Southmoore. He did not know if Prody still owned or had an ownership interest in O’Leary’s Irish Pub.
Attempts to reach Prody, or anyone else at the pub, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
Check back for more on this developing story.