Ireland's Own to Relocate, Change Name to Pat Troy's

ALEXANDRIA — Pat Troy, owner and operator of Ireland’s Own Pub and Restaurant in Alexandria, announced July 29 that he will relocate his business one block away from the current location. The name of the new establishment will be Pat Troy’s Restaurant and Pub. The decision arrived several months after a heated battle took place in the town’s city council, which included nationally reported racial slurs and accusations. The new location, at 123 N. Pitt St. will be across Tavern Square from the current location, changing the address by one block. Troy had to leave his present location, 132 N. Royal St., when the building was sold and the rent was increased dramatically. He has signed a 10-year lease with two five-year extension for Pat Troy’s. Last winter, the City of Alexandria denied Troy permission to move a few blocks away to 100 N. Lee St., a residential district. Members of the Torpedo Factory Condo Association, whose homes are across the street from that location, protested the move and distributed flyers, which included such statements as "Ireland’s Own is not just a bar; it’s an Irish bar." Troy opened the press conference reminding those present that the last few months "had been less than pleasant." He was quick, however, to thank the numerous people in the community and around the country who came to his defense during the public debates, including members of the local and Irish press and the local and national divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He said he received thousands of letters of support. Troy also announced that he and his wife, Bernadette, have purchased a home in Old Town and hope to move in September. He said he plans to participate in city politics. "It is the almighty vote that has the power," he said. "I look forward to being involved in the politics of this great city." As Troy introduced Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley, he joked about the mayor’s "heart transplant" in the last few months, referring to Donley’s change of heart throughout the debate, culminating in full support of Troy. Troy said the mayor "went out of his way to make this day happen." The mayor was grateful to see a conclusion to the issue. "This is an important day for this city," said Donley. "I am delighted to be here to share this moment and have a part in finding a home for a business so important to Alexandria. I pledge my support to Pat Troy’s Restaurant and Pub." With 4,000 square feet, Pat Troy’s will seat 225. Ireland’s Own will remain open into the New Year, possibly into February. The new location will open in early March, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
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