B-TOWN BIZ: Mick Kelly’s closes, will re-open as sports bar under new ownership

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You may have noticed that, around May 1, Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub – at 435 SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien – closed very quietly, signage was removed, and paper was put up, blocking the windows.

A sign near the front door and a post on their website says “Closed for remodeling”:

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The original Mick Kelly’s first opened in September, 2005, and was owned by Mick Purdy and Adrian Kelly. They were named as “Business Leaders of the Year” in 2007 by the City of Burien.

Mick sold his half in early 2012, and Adrian stayed on as a partner until around July, 2013.

Prior to their Irish pub, the building was a Chinese restaurant at various times, then was called the Silver Swan for a while, then just before they took it over it was called The Shaft.

As many of our Readers may recall, the pub’s new owners had some issues with late-night noise and crime and the business struggled.


Rita Dixson

Enter Rita Dixson, current owner of a sports bar/restaurant called The Bridge in West Seattle.

Rita took possession of this property on May 1st, and confirmed via phone with The B-Town Blog on Monday (May 11) that yes, she is the new owner, and she hopes to open a brand new restaurant/sports bar sometime this summer.

“It will be similar to The Bridge, with locally-sourced food,” she said. “It won’t be an Irish pub though, but will have a real neighborhood-like feel and a big focus on sports.”

Rita also wants to assure her new neighbors that there will no longer be any late-night live music or DJs at the location.

Oh, and one other thing – she’s still looking for an appropriate name for the new business. Have any ideas? Leave ’em in Comments below…

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61 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: Mick Kelly’s closes, will re-open as sports bar under new ownership”
  1. Sherrie Vineyard says:

    How about “Center of The Known World” Since West Seattle is known for the Bridge, and Burien is known (in car ads) as the Center of the Known World.

  2. Mike Rodak says:

    A bar that is going to feature sports? Why that’s such a crazy combination it just might work!!!

  3. Question Authority says:

    Call it “Under The Bridge” Burien is being overrun with transients so that name is appropriate. And please remember that Burien is “not” West Seattle, we do not want it to cost what you charge over there, and yes I have been to both the old and new versions in W.S. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  4. mark says:

    Many people have referred to it as McKelley’s, like McDonalds. In print I see it’s two distinct names.

  5. DR says:

    152nd Street Sports Diner or The Burien Bridge or The Bridge in Burien ?

  6. Dave Sandoval says:

    How about the B-152! B for Burien, 1 for the number 1 sports bar & 52 cause it will be the Bomb and it’s near the airport!

  7. TeeKay says:

    The 4th Runway or just Runway Sports Bar.
    The Annex
    Something w/ B-Town in it or even Sunnydale (if you know the history).

  8. cathi says:

    Call it 2 Bridges
    I am over the moon about your new place!! I love the Bridge but now I will have one in my neighborhood!!

  9. Mark says:

    How about the Next Time Give It To Marshawn Sports Bar & Grill?

  10. Ghost of Maplewild says:

    Maplewild Sports bar and grill.

    The Highline

  11. B-Town Sports Bar. Keep it simple and to the point. Look forward to the new place.

  12. Question Authority says:

    “PuddWackers” That beats them all. !!!

  13. Laini says:

    “Foxtrot”, represents the letter F in the pilots alphabet.

  14. Barbara says:

    I vote for Score or The Score – it applies to all Sports. Hopefully everyone will want to know “The Score.”

  15. david dunbar says:

    lake view pub!

  16. Ginger says:

    There Is already a bar called The Highline on Capital Hill. And the Runway was a bar that used to be in Boulevard Park and currently there is a Runway Cafe in Georgetown. Good suggestions but someone got them first.

  17. Steve H says:

    RD’s Spirits and Sports

  18. Rod Sannes says:

    Burien needs a “Do Drop Inn”

  19. MK says:

    West Seattle has a Jack’s, how about Burien has JOX?

  20. Rod Sannes says:

    How about Just “RITA’S Suds &Sports”

  21. breck says:

    how aboot, “Beerien”

  22. JRoy says:

    How about “The Cascadia”?
    It’s an obvious nod to the Cascadia Cup (local sports related) and an overall “northwestern” name.

  23. New Name says:

    B-Town Sports Bar

  24. Diane says:

    Congrats Rita, I’m so excited.

  25. Ray D. says:

    The Office

  26. Tim says:

    Cogests Rita & welcome to the neighborhood.
    I vote for “Burien Public House”. A comfortable place where B Town locals can gather for a meal, a beverage and good friends or neighbors!

  27. Guy Harper says:

    An obvious natural name for this new restaurant is THE HIGHLINER!

    A search reveals that there was a restaurant by that name in New York…however, it is not is business currently and there appears to be no restaurants with that exact name here in the Pacific Northwest.
    A “HIGHLINER” is typically a term used in the fishing industry and is now generally used to describe a well respected, productive and successful corporation or member of a family. It has a very positive connotation and is immediately recognizable.
    And what could be better than a reference to Highline High School and the Highline School Districtl! Go for it!

  28. John Davis says:

    How about something simple ” the Stop Inn “.

  29. Had Enough Yet? says:

    Burien Pub and Sports is my humble suggestion.

    Welcome! Thrilled to have new energy and a better crowd draw.

  30. sandiseattle says:

    BURP — Buriens UnRowdy Place 🙂

  31. Marisa says:

    B-Town Bridge

  32. Sportsgrl says:

    “Home Public House” the shirts could get very creative…I’ll see us at Home?!? Home is wear the heart is..or at least the beer. No place like Home…Homeward bound 😉

  33. Chaz Domingoson says:

    Prorroga would be a good Burien bar name.

  34. travis says:

    Toonerville Station or The Galloping Goose those names would be a reference to the old trolly line that ran from seattle to burien.

  35. Leta says:

    The Bridge No 2

  36. gio says:

    Estuary: The tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream.

  37. Catherine says:

    Rita’s Sports Bar and have the “i” in Rita’s a baseball bat with the ball above it , The “o” could be a basket ball . Then various other references can be about the sign such as a flying football or a seahawk .

  38. Kyle Moor says:

    How about “The Touchdown” with a graphic of a plane touching down on a runway?

  39. Kyle Moor says:

    Or, maybe just a big real scoreboard for a sign that is set to 1:52…

  40. Kaari says:

    1:52 or The 1:52, as in time left on a game clock. Then it could be the one fifty-second or the one fifty-two. If possible, it would be fun to find images or video clips of cool sports plays that happened at that exact time.

  41. jimmy says:

    ok I know some people are going to dislike this idea and some are going to like it but here we go. Why don’t they close down the bar and expand the pet store since there has not been any complaints or any crime from the pet store. Maybe even put in a small bar in the back. They can call the bar area tweety’s

  42. Chris says:

    Kilowatt Sports and Spirits.

  43. Chet says:

    Spartacus Sports & Spirits

  44. ShellyC says:

    go retro- call it The Shaft!

  45. Joe Zed says:


    The Seahouse

    The Center

  46. Tim Champion says:

    Rush Hour Rita’s

  47. TcB says:

    Why not just go with Rita’s. Put more energy into the place, not the name.

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