Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Get Happy Pub is not quite so

The Society Hill pub is closed over a tiff with Kildare's.

The Get Happy Pub is not quite so


In January, Kildare's veteran Paul Lauriello took over the Head House Square location of Kildare's with his wife, Christine, and reflagged it the Get Happy Pub.

Lauriello ain't happy. He says he's out of business "for now" after someone from Kildare's physically took the liquor license off the wall on Wednesday.

Lauriello said it's because he declined to sign a transfer agreement presented by Kildare's owner Dave Magrogan. Lauriello said Magrogan had refused to turn over the license, which Kildare's owns, unless Lauriello signed.

"My game plan is to get my own license and get back into business," Lauriello said.

Magrogan, who said he did not want to air dirty laundry in public, said, "The economics of the deal did not make sense for either of us." He said he had no plans to reopen Kildare's there, citing a downturn in business in that area.

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