Building for sale, but Patsy Fagan’s is staying

Patsy Fagan's Irish Pub occupies the first floor of this limestone landmark in downtown Lebanon, for many years the home of the George Washington Tavern.

Although the historic George Washington Tavern building is for sale, the business that is operating there isn’t.

Owner Suzanne Cahill said that Patsy Fagan’s Irish pub won’t be moving or closing.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Cahill said. “I want people to know that.”

The landmark 18th-century, limestone building at 1002 Cumberland St., is listed by NAICIR Commercial Real Estate Services for $599,000. There are five leased apartments on the second and third stories.

There is a prospective buyer, Cahill said, and that person wants her to stay. Cahill is also hoping to bid on the property.

“Either I’m buying it or whoever’s buying it will let me stay,” said Cahill, who plans to celebrate Patsy Fagan’s third anniversary at its current location in March. “The bar is doing good.”

The pub was originally located in the first block of North Ninth Street.

Cahill said rumors about the pub having to close due to the uncertain future ownership of the 10,000-square-foot building have made it difficult for her to keep employees and has been detrimental to business.

“I spent $2,000 on a website (not yet online) and $6,000 for a new tap system,” Cahill said. “We now have 18 taps and we plan to add six more at the beginning of summer. I wouldn’t be spending that kind of money if we were going to close.”

Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The kitchen is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Live music is featured every Saturday starting at 10 p.m., with traditional Irish music from 5 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday.

Source: Steve Snyder, ldnews.com

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