May 18, 2018
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McKinnon's Irish Pub eyes bigger downtown site

Photo | Pablo Robles
Photo | Pablo Robles
Matthew Corey's McKinnon's Irish Pub is closing as he searches for larger space.
McKinnon’s Irish Pub in downtown Hartford is closing.

The owner of McKinnon's Irish Pub is looking for a new home in downtown Hartford after 16 years operating in cramped quarters at 114 Asylum St. It's last day is May 25.

Meantime, The Brownstone's West Hartford landlord says he has been contacted by several potential bar-restaurant tenants about occupying the McKinnon's space.

McKinnon's owner-founder Matthew Corey said Friday his pub will close next week, while he searches for a new location near the XL Center -- one with a full kitchen and patio to expand McKinnon's lunch and dinner menu.

Corey said the pub's kitchen can no longer grow at its 2,150-square-foot Asylum Street site, which only has enough room for ovens to heat a limited menu. He plans to serve up items such as steaks, burgers and fries at its new space.

West Hartford landlord Robert Udolf said Friday McKinnon's lease covered 1,700 square feet of ground-floor space, plus 450 square feet in the basement of the four-story building erected in the 1900s. The building's actual address is 190 Trumbull St. and houses a Citizens Bank branch and offices for realty broker Sentry Commercial.

Although Corey is considering several locations downtown, he engaged discussions with the developers of Spectra On The Park to discuss a move into the long-abandoned space once held by the bar Shawn Patrick's at 111 Pearl St.

The former Hartford bar was located in the basement of the long-vacant office building at 111 Pearl Street, which is being converted into nearly 260 new apartments.

"We established a great brand and I would hate to tarnish it by being mediocre," he said of the need to expand McKinnon's. "There is great development going on in downtown, which will give us an opportunity to look for a space with a full kitchen and patio."

Following the relocation, Corey expects to add to his team of six employees.

Corey, a Manchester native, opened the Irish pub in 2002. He also owns a window-washing company. During the recent Republican convention, delegates endorsed Corey as the party's nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Chris Murphy.

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