October 17, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Dylan Thomas//
CARAG — Can an “upscale Irish pub” succeed where so many other restaurants have failed?
The four partners behind Morrissey’s Irish Pub think so. They are within days of signing a lease for 913 W. Lake St., home to four separate restaurants since 2007, according to one of the men, Scott Schuler.
Schuler, who is also a partner the Savoy Pizza at 24th & Hennepin, said Tuesday they signed a letter of intent to lease the space with owners in September and aim to finalize their agreement “within the next week or so.” After some remodeling of the 1921-built commercial storefront, they aim to open by “mid-February at the latest,” he said.
Schluer outlined plans for the space at the CARAG Board of Directors meeting, and was joined by a second partner who will also serve as general manager of the bar and restaurant. That man asked not to be identified because he is still employed by another local Irish bar.
The two described plans for an “upscale” pub serving “a traditional menu with an Uptown twist,” including some vegetarian or vegan options alongside Irish classics like shepherd’s pie. They plan to apply for a class C1 liquor license, which would allow for live music.
Schuler said they plan to refurbish the exterior of the building, beginning by blasting off the coat of blue paint currently covering the brick façade, and also add new lighting and signage. History seems to indicate they need some way to attract attention; the list of failed restaurants on the site since 2007 includes Restaurant Miami, Los Lagos Mexican Restaurant, Favor Café and Viva Brazil.
A “substantial” remodeling of the interior would include a new bar and flooring and improvements to the kitchen, Schuler said.
Hours of operations are tentatively planned to be 11 a.m.–2 a.m. daily. The partners are in negotiations with a chef, but have not hired one, yet.
CORRECTION: The original version of this story counted After Bar Restaurant as one of the four businesses to open and close on the site since 2007. That was the proposed name for the business that opened as Restaurant Miami. Los Lagos was the fourth restaurant to open and close since 2007.