Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After seven months, the Irish pub is out of business.
A week after announcing it was cutting back hours due to slow business, Mickey O’Neill’s has closed for good. The Irish pub and restaurant, 24102 W. Lockport St., opened June 4, 2012. Get Plainfield news delivered straight to your inbox – sign up for the Patch newsletter. On Tuesday, a representative for Mickey O’Neill’s confirmed via email that the pub, which hosted live music and events including a regular trivia night, had called it quits. “We have unfortunately closed our doors for good,” the email said. Owner Chuck Rizzo did not respond to a message left by Patch on Tuesday. The restaurant was the latest venture for Rizzo, who also owns Rizzo's in downtown Naperville and Charlie's Bar & Grill in Elmhurst. Mickey O’Neill’s had recently…
Friday, June 1, 2012
A new Irish pub will open up in the old Finnegan's location on Lockport Street.
Downtown diners will have more options starting Monday, according to staffers at the new Mickey O'Neill's Irish Pub. The bar and eatery is scheduled to open June 4, filling the space vacated last September by Finnegan's. "We could not be more excited," said Caroline Koch, marketing director for Mickey O'Neill's, which joins the family of restaurants owned by restaurateur Charles "Chuck" Rizzo. Rizzo's other establishments include Rizzo's in downtown Naperville and Charlie's Bar & Grill in Elmhurst. The Plainfield venture is named after Rizzo's grandmother, Mickey O'Neill Ryan. "She's my mom's mother, and she asked her, 'Are you OK with (Chuck) naming the bar after you?'" Rizzo told Patch in April. The answer was a resounding yes, he said…
Thursday, March 17, 2011
We scoped out the best local spots to have a pint — or maybe some corned beef — this St. Paddy's.
Every Thursday, we'll feature editor and reader picks for great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more. You’ll find useful lists to help you, your family, friends and significant others find the best places for everything from Sunday brunch to New Year’s Eve celebrations, pumpkin patches, date night destinations, florists, girlfriend nights out, kids’ party places, parks and more. Today’s list is a rundown of places to enjoy a Guinness or spin a bit of blarney.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Hundreds gathered downtown for the annual Hometown Irish Parade and other events, including free corned beef and a beer garden.
Nine years ago, Plainfield’s Hometown Irish Parade was nothing but a cluster of kids dressed in green pedaling down Lockport Street on trikes and bikes. “The first couple of years, the only people who came to see it were the kids’ parents and families,” said village Trustee Paul Fay, master of ceremonies for Sunday's 9th annual parade in downtown Plainfield Sunday. This year, the streets were lined with thousands of parade-watchers decked out in leprechaun hats, shamrock antennae headbands and just about every shade of green from olive to lime. Even the canines came in kelly green kerchiefs and emerald green doggie sweaters to watch a lineup of floats, bagpipers and Irish dance teams that lasted more than an hour. “Everyone’s Irish …