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Change of venue means change of luck for pub
by Jessica Garcia
Jan 15, 2009 | 1048 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - Signs reflect national pride at Paddy & Irene's Irish Pub.
Victorian Square's Irish pub Paddy and Irene's recently caught a lucky charm.

Owners Paddy and Renee (better known as Irene) Adams will move out of their location at 1218 Victorian Ave. in two months to a bigger space at 906 Victorian, where they will neighbor Vixen and the Great Basin Brewery Co.

"We wanted to stay in Sparks downtown for obvious reasons," Irene said.

"Obvious" means about 1,500 more in square footage than they currently have. It also means more people passing by during Hot August Nights or Cinco de Mayo on Victorian Square.

The closing date on the 1218 store, Irene estimates, will be on or close to St. Patrick's Day in March. Then, the business will be closed for about a week while Paddy and Irene take time to move into the new location.

"At that point, all the new construction will be done," she said, noting that it would take some remodeling from the floor up to install some shelves, the bar and decorate it in the Irish green that is familiar to regular customers.

"Everything's going to be the same," she said. "It'll be Irish green and black with items we brought from Ireland to here to decorate our pub with authentic pieces."

Irene said she's excited about the new spot because they would be closer to the action during special events that take place on Victorian Square during the summer.

"There are two things (you need for your business to survive): the summers and having everybody down there (on Victorian) because you need to save your money during the summer to survive during the winter, and you have to have a lot of good support with your clientele," she said.

Paddy and Irene's has held up because the pub doesn't serve food, hence attracting customers who smoke, Irene said.

The business opened five years ago on St. Patrick's Day at 1218 Victorian, two buildings west of the former Silver Club casino, after the husband and wife decided they wanted to leave California. Paddy previously owned an Irish pub and after prospecting in Carson City, heading toward Reno and making a quick trip to Sparks, Irene said she felt it was the place to call home. Within six months, Paddy and Irene's Irish Pub was open on Victorian Avenue.

At that time, the city told the Adamses that condos would be built on the second floor above their business but Irene said she and Paddy "took the gamble." The building accommodates a smoke shop next door and four renters on the top floor.

Recently, the city purchased the building through eminent domain proceedings for redevelopment purposes.

It's been a relatively safe location, Irene said, and she and Paddy see to it that the bar keeps troublemakers away.

"It's a good, clean bar and we don't allow riff-raff and we don't have any trouble," she said. "I mean, every business has its troubles but we don't have people breaking windows. We run a clean establishment."

Paddy and Irene's has four employees, excluding its owners. They're putting out the word about the impending move and are confident the customers won't mind.

"Thanks to our faithful clientele, we get a lot of compliments," she said. "The ambiance is nice. It's a dark, just comfortable, warm atmosphere."

The owners will sit immediately next door to Vixen, a lounge and bar, which Irene said will help their business. The surrounding businesses along Victorian are very welcoming of the move, Irene said.

"Everybody seems to be kind of excited," Irene said. "At that point, we all stick together as merchants."

She also said the Irish theme of the pub keeps people coming back, not to mention being the "home of the best Bloody Mary" because of her special mix. The bar also serves Irish ales, whiskeys and coffee.

"It's just something new every day," Irene said. "I have lots of fond memories."
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