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Irish Rover Closing, New Restaurant Will Open Soon

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By The Staff

The Irish Rover Too is closing this week ending roughly a decade on La Grange’s Main Street.

A sign on the door of the restaurant says the business will close this Saturday, August 31st, but another restaurant will take its place.

Irish Rover owner Michael Reidy says he has enjoyed his time running his second location in Oldham County, saying the community has “supported us, we felt loved and needed” during 10 years in the area.

Reidy’s first location, the Irish Rover, is located in Louisville.

Reidy says a combination of things lead to the closing of the Irish Rover Too, including a favorable offer to sell the property to another restaurant owner. But low sales were not a reason to leave, he said, adding that the restaurant was originally planning to “re-tool” after Christmas.

“Absolutely not, sales have improved and we’ve been doing a lot better,” Reidy said, adding that the business never dipped below 20 employees, even during the recession.

But recent health issues, including a knee replacement, heart problems and a torn rotator cuff have sidelined Reidy in recent months. Plus, Reidy said the drive up Interstate-71 from his home in Louisville to the La Grange restaurant was finally taking a toll.

A new restaurant called Rails will take the Irish Rover Too’s spot, according to a legal notice saying Rails is applying for a retail alcohol license. Ellie and Randall Troutman, who own several businesses in Oldham already, will own the new business.

To learn more about Reidy’s reasons for closing his La Grange location, and to read more about the new restaurant that will take its place, check next week’s Oldham Era.