Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Avondale Estates tavern of many names closed a few months ago.
Back in April, Avondale Estates' favorite bar turned off the beer taps and locked the doors for good. The bar was best known by its original name, the James Joyce Irish Pub, but during the last year of its life was also known as the Hail Mary, the Avondale Arms and the Brewhouse Cafe Avondale Estates. Since then, the building on East College Avenue has been remained empty, leaving a big hole in the heart of the town business district. Do you have suggestions about what should go there? It doesn't have to be a restaurant or bar, you know. About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in Decatur and Avondale Estates. You can tell us what you think should replace the empty space. Know of an empty building …
Friday, April 27, 2012
An Avondale Estates resident says goodbye in verse to the much-lamented tavern.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see. Henry David Thoreau. I saw little of what had else been seen… Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Albatross James Joyce’s namesake died, again, and yet another funeral will be held on the courthouse steps; the pub’s to go to the high bidder; what remains will have to be staked through the heart. It had to happen. There he was, cleaning up after Saint Patty Day. Too lean, hair half tickling his ears. Too eager by half, too, breaking the news of the soon to be again-departed. He’s three for three, shutting down my faves, my darlings, my hangouts that played my songs, and made me feel like the Sixties weren’t buried …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The tavern in Avondale Estates shut down days sooner than expected.
Employees at the Brewhouse Cafe Avondale -- better known as the old James Joyce -- said last week the bar would close down Saturday, April 28. The owners pulled the plug early. Residents say the place shut down several days ago. All the marquee lettering has been removed except for one sign that simply says "Closed." The bar on East College Avenue was long the favorite watering hole in Avondale Estates, but management reportedly suffered financial setbacks. The name changed several times since last fall. When the James Joyce name was dropped, patrons held a mock Irish funeral. This time, the end came without ceremony. Why did this bar inspire such strong feelings? Previous stories garnered many reader comments. Share your thoughts in …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The tavern in Avondale Estates has changed its name several times recently.
The Avondale Estates bar that kept changing its name -- from James Joyce Irish Pub to the Hail Mary to the Avondale Arms and finally the Brewhouse Cafe Avondale -- is closing its doors on April 28. Ashley Wheldon, one of the managers, said Wednesday afternoon, that financial problems brought down the bar on East College Avenue in Avondale Estates. She said all dozen employees have been offered work at the Brewhouse Cafe in Little Five Points, the other bar owned by Denise and Michael Gerard. The bar may not have drawn enough customers, but it got attention because of its identity crisis. The James Joyce opened in 2002 and developed a loyal following. It closed in late September and reopened a few days later as The Hail Mary, a sports bar …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Avondale Estates bar has changed names four times in four months.
For the fourth time in four months, the sign and the name have changed for a popular bar in Avondale Estates. It's now, officially, the Brewhouse Cafe Avondale. Most people around here remember the place as the James Joyce Irish Pub, which opened in 2002. The name changed last October to the Hail Mary Sports Bar when new management took over. That deal fell through after a few months. Owner Denise Gerard stepped back in, adopted the name Avondale Arms for a brief period and changed the sign again. The new name, Brewhouse Cafe Avondale, is a nod to her other bar, the Brewhouse Cafe at Little Five Points.