Irish Pub Coming to Court Square

Brent Finnegan -- March 26th, 2010

Colm McCormack and and his business partner, William Benson, had to watch St. Patrick’s Day come and go without celebrating it in their own Irish pub in Harrisonburg. “We just couldn’t find the right building,” McCormack explains. “It was heartbreaking, but we did have to let St. Patrick’s Day slip. But it’s coming again next year.”

Just two months ago, Old Dominion Coffee Company closed their doors. Today, the interior of that space on the corner of Market and Main is barely recognizable, as it’s in the process of being converted into an Irish pub.

McCormack, a native of Dublin, has been living in Harrisonburg for about 18 months, but said he says he didn’t quite feel at home. “I wasn’t settling as well in the area as I should have. I knew something was missing.”

Benson says they intend to to have some live music beginning this fall. “The whole bluegrass culture in this area is driven from traditional Irish music. And we know there’s a lot of really qualified, good musicians that can put together great traditional music.”

The proprietors hope to open the doors of The Malt and Barley Irish Pub sometime in May, or shortly thereafter.

(Thanks, David)

4/5 UPDATE: The pub is no longer moving into that space. Colm tells me:

The company representing the landlords and the company representing the Irish Pub were unable reach agreement on lease related issues that surfaced late in the project thereby leading to a termination of negotiations between the two companies. The company representing the Irish Pub will now spend some weeks seeking an alternative site and reassess matters in the coming weeks.

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51 Responses to “Irish Pub Coming to Court Square”

  1. Heather says:

    Hope they get everything worked out soon and find a suitable building. What a great idea for downtown!! I’m glad they’re working on a non-Americanized pub.

    Interesting comments everyone. I LOVE being and eating downtown. It is a little pricey as far as retail shopping goes but I don’t shop much anyway.

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