Popular Irish pub closes
McP’s Irish Pub and Grill served its last pints of Guinness Easter Sunday.
The pub, known for its live music and good food, will be torn down later this month to make way for Park Avenue Redevelopment. It is scheduled to reopen inside the Heavenly Grand Summit Resort Hotel in Fall 2002.
Until then, the owners will open a similar styled pub across the street at The Island Restaurant and Bar, said McP’s owner Pete Joseph.
Joseph, who also owns a McP’s on Coronado Island in San Diego with his business partner, will take possession of The Island May 1 and hopes to have a remodeled pub open by Memorial Day.
The Island, perhaps best known for its Thursday mug nights, will be transformed into a European-style pub, which does not yet have a name, Joseph said.
The owners of McP’s will do their best to accommodate their regular customers in the new location, despite its smaller space and will make use of the patio for summer barbecues.
“I really want to thank our local clientele,” Joseph said. “They have been really great.”
Joseph said the new pub will have a relaxed atmosphere and compared the future establishment to Cheers.
The menu will be smaller due to kitchen restrictions, but will include corned beef and cabbage, Philadelphia cheese steaks, Reubens and appetizers.
“I’m definitely going to miss this place, but I’m looking forward to making the new menu work,” said Stan Miller, a bartender at McP’s for over six years.
There is a possibility the first floor pool tables in The Island will be removed and live music, which is now played upstairs, will be moved to the first floor.
“We’re going to stick with what we have done here for eight years and what we have done in Coronado for 20 years,” Joseph said.
McP’s has been around for eight years, and for 15-20 years before that was a steak and seafood restaurant called the Bella Union, Joseph said.
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