Irish pub to move into Brannigans spot

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The former Molly Brannigans site on Adams Avenue downtown soon will be home to a new Irish pub, officials said Wednesday.

Scranton Parking Authority Executive Director Bob Scopelliti said Ron Kamionka, owner of multiple clubs, including the Hardware Bar in Scranton and Mulligan’s Irish Pub in Wilkes-Barre, has signed a letter of intent. He said Mr. Kamionka plans to operate an Irish pub called Mulligan’s in the parking authority property at Adams and Lackawanna Avenues.

“We’re just waiting for the lease to come back,” Mr. Scopelliti said, adding the goal is to have the pub open by early next year.

Molly Brannigans closed in 2009 after the owners defaulted on a city loan and fell behind on rent. Another tenant, Mas Mexicali Cantina opened briefly in 2010 for the city’s St. Patrick’s Parade.

As authority officials Wednesday expressed hope for the former Molly Brannigans site, they agreed to take legal action in January against another former tenant in a nearby property.

The authority board gave its solicitor Paul Kelly Jr. approval to file a lawsuit against Vault Night Club LLC to seek damages over it vacating its business – Colosseum Nightclub and Lounge at 120 Adams Ave. – without notice. Vault Night Club left the space earlier this month. The club’s telephone rang unanswered Wednesday night, and previous attempts to locate owners have been unsuccessful.

Mr. Kelly said the authority can file a lawsuit in January because Vault Night Club would then be 60 days in arrears on its rent. He said the authority will seek payment for utilities and other items.

Vault Night Club, which opened Colosseum Nightclub and Lounge in 2008, paid $6,400 a month on its five-year lease.

In other business Tuesday, the authority board approved a 2012 $4.8 million spending plan with a $1.6 million shortfall.

Source: Josh Mrozinski, thetimes-tribune.com

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