Say ‘Cheers’; Naggy McGee’s ending popular 4½-year run

Lunchtime patrons fill the patio at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave. The pub will close its doors on Sunday.

If only it could be St. Patrick’s Day every day.

Nights of live music, dark beers and Irish fare are coming to a close as Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub announced that Sunday will be its last day.

The restaurant in the historic St. Regis building at 359 Colorado Ave. opened to standing-room-only crowds 4 1/2 years ago, with an extensive interior remodeling, a generous bar, a stage, a copper ceiling, hardwood floors and plenty of Irish-themed accents.

Even after a lunch rush at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant was filled with about 20 customers and more were coming through the door.

However, business just isn’t brisk enough to keep the doors open, restaurant manager Brian Oliver said.

“Monday and Tuesday, it’s just a ghost town in here,” Oliver said. “We’re not making enough money to be profitable.”

The restaurant employs about 35 people, some of whom have already found new jobs, he said.

Owner of Naggy McGee’s, Jack Hays, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

“It’s a sad day for me,” Oliver said. “I’ve managed nine restaurants in 25 years and this is the first that ever closed.”

Oliver said the restaurant’s location on Colorado Avenue just a block south of Grand Junction’s most popular Main Street still is a difficult draw for hungry patrons.

Naggy McGee’s possibly is the longest-operating restaurant in recent memory in the corner location, considering a series of short-lived restaurants including the barbecue restaurant Capers on Colorado; a Cajun restaurant, La Louisiane; followed by Cavett House Grille & Pub before it opened as Naggy McGee’s in 2010.

In the spring of 2013, Naggy McGee’s responded to dipping profits by changing its management, remodeling again to make the restaurant more airy, and offering lighter fare that included sandwiches, pitas and wraps. Oliver replaced Eric Wilmot and Vanessa Funches, who both developed the concept of the restaurant. The two were bought out of most of their shares of the restaurant at that time, Oliver told The Daily Sentinel back then.

Oliver said this week the restaurant will be open until 4 p.m. Sunday.

“We’ll try to give it our best until we shut our doors,” he said.


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