Hibernian Irish Pub to close in Cary

Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant in Cary will close Saturday, Aug. 15, to make way for Newk’s Eatery to move in.

The parent company, Hibernian Management, is in negotiations for a new location in downtown Cary, said marketing director Frank Bloom.

Bloom said there’s no word yet on where the pub will move to, simply because Hibernian Management and owner Niall Hanley have so many options.

“Niall loves that area, downtown Cary,” Bloom said. “And there’s so much opportunity all over the place that it’s a little too soon to talk about specific locations.”

Hibernian has two locations in Raleigh – on Glenwood Avenue and Falls of the Neuse Road. The company said the decision to lease the Cary property to Newk’s doesn’t affect the other two Hibernian locations.

The Cary site, on Kildaire Farm Road, has been open for more than 11 years.

All employees there are being offered positions at other bars or restaurants owned by Hibernian Management, which include the two other Hibernian pubs as well as the new Raleigh Beer Garden, Solas nightclub and others.

Bloom said there won’t be any closing-day extravaganza at the Cary Hibernian – just the regular specials and hours. But he said he thinks there will still be a large crowd, and that’s part of the reason the company wanted to keep a Hibernian somewhere in Cary.

“The neighborhood and the crowds and the regulars have all been tremendous over there,” Bloom said. “That’s why (Hanley) is saying there are definite plans to continue on in downtown.”

Bloom said he didn’t know when the new Cary location could open, nor when Newk’s Eatery will take over the Hibernian’s former home. A message was left with Newk’s officials.

Newk’s Eatery is a fast-casual eatery with fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and pizzas. This would be the first Triangle location. It has 75 locations in 14 states with plans to open more restaurants.

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