Rebuilding Irish Pub Won't Make St. Patrick's Day Bash

Andy Dahn
February 25, 2019 - 7:05 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A recent fire means a popular pub in the northwest suburbs won't be rocking this St. Patrick's Day, but its owners says the party will resume soon.

It was one month ago that a gas-fueled fire hit Durty Nellie's in downtown Palatine.

"You wouldn't really think there was a fire, I mean other than the smell," owner and General Manager Jim Dolezal told WBBM Newsradio Monday. "Then, obviously, when they took the stoves away, you could see behind the walls. But you really wouldn't know, otherwise."

Dolezal said the bar and music venue is getting closer to reopening but will be unable to host their annual St. Patrick's Day celebration next month.

"It's tough. My brother and I have been involved in this for 30 years. This St. Patrick's Day will be kind of an eye-opener. St. Patty's Day and Nellie's are synonymous. It's unfortunate."

The pub will still sponsor the Palatine St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Dolezal said support from the community is helping him stay positive.

"At the end of the day, we're going to be better. We're going to be stronger after this. Next year, we'll just have to have a bigger bash.”

The pub may reopen in late March.