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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 [4], the pub’s new owners had some issues with late-night noise and crime and the business struggled.

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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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