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Downtown Worthington

P.K. O'Ryan's closes


P.K. O’Ryan’s Irish Pub has closed its doors in downtown Worthington.

Employees were informed at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that the restaurant was closing. It did not reopen Wednesday.

A reliable source told ThisWeek the restaurant was sold and would be remodeled and reopened.

The restaurant and Irish pub at 666 High St. was opened in 2001, taking over the space formerly known as the Village Cupboard, where it continued to serve mainly breakfast and lunch. The sidewalk tables were popular during the Saturday morning farmers markets.

The owners, Paul Hemmer and Jay Ryan, also opened the Irish pub in the rear portion of the building. Both are closed.

Neither Hemmer nor Ryan could be reached for comment.

Earlier this month, Ryan testified at a meeting of the Municipal Planning Commission that business in the restaurant was down 25 percent.

He urged MPC to not approve any more downtown restaurants because it was too difficult for all of them to survive.

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