Thursday, June 15, 2017
Shoolbred's is signing off on Father's Day
After nearly 10 years in business, Shoolbred's is closing at 197 Second Ave. between 12th Street and 13th Street.
The bar, with wood-paneled walls, stained-glass windows and a fireplace, meant to evoke a classic Scottish pub, will shut its doors following service on Sunday.
Co-owner Robert Morgan selected this Sunday as a last date for a reason.
"It is appropriate that we should be closing on Father's Day weekend," he said via an email. "Shoolbred's was designed as 'Your Father's Bar, while your father is away on business.'"
Morgan, who also operates Kingston Hall on Second Avenue and Baci e Vendetta on Avenue A with business partner Nic Ratner, said they are "returning the Shoolbred's space to the landlord, who is asking egregious rents."
"We would like to thank all of our loyal customers and incredible staff for making this an amazing decade," he said.
In February 2016, Morgan and Ratner closed Ninth Ward, their New Orleans-themed bar at 180 Second Ave.
Turns out that the Ninth Ward — which also has an outpost in London — will be returning to No. 180 later next year after some building renovations. We'll have more on that in an upcoming post.
This address was home until 2007 to Jade Mountain, home of the great Chow Mein sign.