Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub is closed

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.

2 thoughts on “Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub is closed

  1. This place really had its ups and downs over the years, through the various ownerships. I ate there just a couple weeks ago and was very disappointed – the food was really subpar and I thought the beer selection was limited as well (at least limited for what I’ve seen there in the past…they still had dozens of beers on tap). Given the history of this location though I am surprised that it failed. I’ll miss what it used to be, but not what it turned into.


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