We haven’t been able to get official confirmation [update: see below], but word on the beer boards [including from former Doherty’s employees] and from beer biz sources is that Doherty’s East Avenue Irish Pub, the long-running and 401-trailblazing craft beer outpost in Pawtucket, shut its doors last week —
though it’s been noted that a sign on the door says they are remodeling and will re-open in October [see update below] [hat tip to Larry Brown of Yankee Brew News, who first posted the news on 8.5]. The pub was part of the Tapped Restaurant Group, which also operates three still-open beer-centric spots — Doherty’s Ale House on Jefferson Blvd and the Shannon View Inn on Post Rd in Warwick, and Sullivan’s Publick House in Pawtucket [Dave Miller, the namesake of Miller’s Crossing in Cranston, is a co-owner of the latter two establishments]. [The ill-fated and short-lived Doherty’s Lakeside in Coventry closed in January, shortly after its rebranding as Tiogue Tavern.]
Update on 8.7 @ 6:07 pm: Kim Kalunian and Ted Nesi at WPRI tracked down the pub’s lawyer, who confirms that Doherty’s on East Ave will not reopen; click here for the story and video report.