Two Harbors Carmody 61 closed until further notice

The bar/restaurant once operated by Rick Boo, Carmody 61 in Two Harbors, closed this week for unspecified reasons. Boo died at age 60 in August and was also part of the management at Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing in Duluth.

Both Carmody establishments have been on and off recent lists from the Minnesota Department of Revenue for delinquent payment of taxes.

Ed Gleeson, a partner in the enterprises, said he is “duty bound” to not comment until Boo’s estate has been probated.

“That’s for the family’s sake,” he said.

Business filings with the state of Minnesota show Boo as manager of Carmody 61 and Mary Elizabeth Gleeson as registered agent. Ed Gleeson is listed as manager of Carmody Irish Pub and Liz Gleeson is listed as manager of Carmody Brewing, the brew operation in the basement of the Duluth Carmody.

Carmody 61 appeared on the delinquent tax list on July 19 but was removed on July 25. It returned to the list on Oct. 19 and was taken off just two days later. An Oct. 23 post from the bar’s Facebook page simply stated: “We will be closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Carmody 61 opened in October 2012 at 1102 Seventh Ave. in Two Harbors, replacing Viking Legends Sports Bar & Grill. Seventh Avenue is part of Minnesota State Scenic Highway 61.

Carmody Irish Pub in Duluth was placed on the delinquent tax list on Sept. 19 and remained on it as of Oct. 24, when the latest posting from the state was released. Placement on the list means “no wholesaler, manufacturer or brewer may sell or deliver any product” to the business.

“That is all taken care of as of yesterday,” Gleeson said today. The Duluth Carmody has remained open. The business was launched at 308 E. Superior St. in April 2006.

For the past seven months the street in front of the Duluth Carmody has been torn up as part of phase two of the Superior Street Reconstruction project. During the past week, concrete was poured on various segments as the project nears semi-completion. Frequent rain and the discovery of a 20×20-foot crane pad that had to be removed have been cited as reasons for the project’s delay. Also, a water main reconstruction in front of Carmody took longer than expected due to shallow bedrock.

The area has also seen the demolition of the nearby Amendola Building this month, razed in preparation for planned expansion of the medical district. Superior Street work between Third and Fourth avenues east is slated to include temporary asphalt surfacing to allow the road to be open for the winter. The asphalt will be removed next spring and replaced with permanent concrete.

One nearby drinking establishment, Black Water Lounge, closed prior to the street work and is planning to temporarily reopen for a New Year’s Eve event. One block away on First Street, the Red Herring Lounge closed in June amid financial distress. Owner Bob Monahan has been temporarily renting the space to WorldZen Clothing Co.

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