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Building sale will force Paddy Burke's Irish pub to close

Paddy Burke’s is closing in downtown St. Petersburg. The co-owner says he’s looking into a few options.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Paddy Burke’s is closing in downtown St. Petersburg. The co-owner says he’s looking into a few options.

In coming months, a couple of local eating and drinking establishments may be doing the "St. Pete shuffle."

Come January, Paddy Burke's, an Irish pub at 100 Fourth St. S, will be forced to close its doors.

Co-owner Sebastian Huber said he just learned on Tuesday that his landlord —Triann Tower LLC — sold the building and he'll have to close.

So does this mark the end of Paddy Burke's?

Huber said he's looking into a few options, including "investing in part of Vintage Ultralounge" at 16 Second St. N.

"I've got about four or five other things I've been looking at," he said. "I'm still going to be doing something downtown."

Although Huber said he was told on Tuesday that his lease would be terminated, a lease termination document was filed in the Pinellas County Clerk of Court's Office on June 18.

Word of Paddy Burke's demise was posted on the pub's Facebook fan page Tuesday afternoon.

"Breaking News: Our anti-business landlords have kindly told me this morning that they have sold the building and that we have until January 5 to end our lease! In that case we are planning SEVERAL large parties these last two months, St. Pattys Day A & B to follow in Nov & Dec, dates to come shortly! And by the way we will re-emerge very soon better than ever!"

So what will become of the building that is now home to Paddy Burke's?

The buzz around town is that the next tenant will be Midtown Sundries Restaurant & Sports Bar, which for the past 11 years has been two blocks east of Paddy Burke's at 200 First Ave. S.

Mark E. Kott, general manager at Midtown, said the lease with Echelon Development LLC expires in April. "We like being at this location," said Kott, adding that his father, Midtown owner Charles L. Kott, is negotiating with Echelon in hopes of remaining in the McNulty Lofts building.

"There are several (other) locations that we're looking at," said Mark Kott, "and I can't say whether there's been talks with the owners" of the Paddy Burke's property.

Circus McGurkis to add drums, yoga, exhibit

Circus McGurkis, the annual People's Fair, will offer a few new twists this year — a drum circle, yoga classes and an exhibit that the Coalition of Immokalee Workers calls a "Florida Modern-Day Slavery exhibit."

The fair, now in its 39th year, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Vista Park at 16th Street and 62nd Avenue S in St. Petersburg.

"The exhibit is from the Immokalee Workers, which comes with a semitrailer that was actually used to transport migrant workers," said Greg Stem, co-clerk with the St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

"We're very excited about the inclusion" of the interactive exhibit, said Stem.

International Museum will celebrate its past

Long before condominium developers flocked to the Sunshine City to put signatures on the skyline, the Florida International Museum had residents buzzing about collections from czars, lost civilizations, a sunken ship, Camelot and a princess.

It has hosted 53 exhibitions and welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors.

On Friday, the museum opens its final exhibit, appropriately dubbed Thanks for the Memories. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 4, will feature memorabilia from some of the exhibits held there since opening its doors in 1995.

The museum is at 244 Second Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (727) 341-7904.

Sandra J. Gadsden is assistant metro editor, community news. She can be reached at sgadsden@sptimes.com or at (727) 893-8874.

Building sale will force Paddy Burke's Irish pub to close 10/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 5:31am]

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