Worthington News

P.K. O'Ryan's closed


P.K. O'Ryan's remains locked up tight a week after it closed its doors.

According to a reliable source, employees were informed at 9:30 p.m. June 24 that the restaurant was closing. It did not reopen Wednesday, June 25.

The source said the restaurant was sold and would be remodeled and reopened.

The restaurant and Irish pub at 666 High St. opened in 2001.

It took over the space formerly known as the Village Cupboard, where it continued to serve mainly breakfast and lunch. The sidewalk tables, popular during the Saturday morning farmers markets, were not in place this week.

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

Both remain 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 the commission to not approve any more downtown restaurants because it was too difficult for all of them to survive.

"You're killing us," he told the commission.