UPDATE July 3: Although the owners of Fado Irish Pub declined to renew the lease of their current location on West Fourth Street, they are "actively looking at and negotiating on new space downtown," according to John Piccirillo, a partner of the bar. Fado isn’t going anywhere just yet.
FBR Management, the group that will be opening a new bar once Fado vacates the space, has been helping the Fado team with the transition.
EARLIER: Start saying good-bye to Fado Irish Pub, a longtime staple in downtown Austin’s bar scene.
Austin entrepreneur Matt Luckie and his partners at FBR Management are taking over Fado in the middle of next year. The name of the bar as well as the concept will change, but FBR isn’t sharing details just yet.
Fado, which celebrated its 20th anniversary over Memorial Day weekend with Guinness beer and Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, is fittingly a block away from the first bar that Luckie opened downtown 20 years ago, the Lucky Lounge. Now, through FBR Management, he also owns Gibson Street Bar, the multiple locations of Lavaca Street Bar, Mean Eyed Cat and other popular watering holes in the city.
With the transformation of Fado, B.D. Riley’s — now with two locations, one on Sixth Street and a new one in the Mueller neighborhood
— will become one of the very few Irish pubs in the area. Jack & Ginger’s, in the Rock Rose district of Domain Northside, is another.