Dublin's Pub closing at end of July to make room for 'new concept'

Dublin's Pub closing at end of July to make room for 'new concept'

CHAMPAIGN — The downtown Irish pub Dublin's is set to close July 28.

It opened in 2011 as Dublin O'Neil's, along with its neighbor in the M2 on Neil building, 301 Mongolia, which closed in September.

"There will be a new concept coming to that entire building," said Scott McIntosh, general manager of Dublin's.

Dave Jones, president and CEO of One Main Development, which manages M2, declined to say what the new concept will be.

"We're just finalizing the lease with the new tenant. I can't disclose what it is just yet," he said.

The new concept at 301 N. Neil St. will have "an entirely different menu and interior," Jones said, so it won't open right away and will need permits and public health approval.

Jones said he's pleased with how Dublin's did in its seven years in business.

"I think it was a nice facility with an enjoyable atmosphere. They did a nice job with the menu and drinks in there," he said.

"We have a tenant ready to take over the entire space, and that's a good win for everybody," Jones said.

Dublin's and 301 Mongolia had been owned by Amit Chopra until September, when he sold them to a group of local investors.

The pub briefly closed at the time for renovations, but reopened for the start of the Chicago Blackhawks' season.

This spring during Lent, Dublin's brought back Steve Flynn's popular DeLuxe fish sandwich, and after a successful run, kept it on the menu.

"We want to have a good time for the last few weeks, and give people one last chance to taste the DeLuxe sandwich," McIntosh said. "We had a great stretch."

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