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Piper’s at Galway Hooker closes while developing a ‘new concept’

Jan. 17. By TL Bernthal. Piper’s at Galway Hooker closed this month, but a new concept is promised for this spring at 17044 Kenton Drive in Cornelius.

“We thank you for being a great guest. Keep a look out for a new concept this spring,” the  message on its voicemail says.

The website explains it this way —

New Hours Of Operation:

Temporarily Closed:

Look for us Spring 2023

An email and phone call seeking comment were not returned on Tuesday.

Not funny

The space also houses the banquet room Waterford Hall and the Comedy Zone on the second floor. A message to Comedy Zone on its status was not returned, but no tickets are available for the Lake Norman location.

Galway’s original owners opened Galway Hooker in 2002 and sold the restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic. New owner Dan Reynolds changed the establishment’s name at Piper’s at Galway Hooker, in honor of his late sister.

The restaurant and pub were a bastion of Irish food and Guinness beer; it even had a small doorway for leprechauns.

Other drinking and dining news

Bin 110, 19712 One Norman Blvd. Suite 110, Cornelius, will be taking a two-month hiatus, starting in March, to renovate and expand before re-opening this spring. The renovation will triple capacity and include a new sound and light system. Additional food items are planned as well. Owner Andy Upchurch did not respond to an email seeking additional information.

— Work is continuing at Red Rocks Cafe in Birkdale Village, Huntersville, with a mural completed by Charlotte artist Nico Amortegui , who was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.  Some of the new awning will be up in early February. The expanded outdoor seating area and other renovations will mean the popular restaurant will close temporarily,  probably in March. No work is being done in the kitchen so the closing will not be long, possibly a week, owner Ron Herbert says.

Seven months after an early-morning fire at the Tropicana on West Catawba Avenue caused extensive damage, Cambridge Hospitality, the operator of the nightspot, says it will not reopen. After considering the costs of reopening and staffing, the owners decided to focus on the three remaining eateries they operate: Kat’s Seafood Kitchen, Peninsula Prime and Jack’s Corner Tap.

The new mural at Red Rocks Cafe is complete. Courtesy photo

Discussion

7 Responses to “Piper’s at Galway Hooker closes while developing a ‘new concept’”

  1. Bin110 is NOT closed. The post read, “Spring 2023, Bin110 will be taking a 2 month hiatus…” It’s important to get those details correct.

    Posted by Andy Upchurch | January 17, 2023, 5:04 pm
  2. The original owners of The Galway Hooker were john Bisson and Russ and Melanie Jones. Chris bought out the Jones a few years after it was open.
    Thank you.
    I hope they don’t paint over the beautiful mural outside the building. It’s of Galway Bay and was one of the last paintings by Tara, who sadly passed away not Ling after completing this work.

    Posted by John J Oshea | January 18, 2023, 9:41 am
  3. We tried to support Galway after Chris sold it and in the beginning the staff was great.. it later deteriorated.. the girls were mostly interested in talking to one another and often drink orders came with or after the food! The food was consistently good. Kudos to the chef! Changing the will not help unless the staff is trained. Good luck.. we will give it a try once Galway reopens.

    Posted by Nancy Brand | January 18, 2023, 9:52 am
  4. As a group of about 40, we traveled to different venues every Friday for Happy Hour. Galway and Al’s was our favorite. Great food, great staff at both. Then Chris sold. Downhill from there. Terrible management, moved on from a great Chef, tried to fix something that didn’t need to be fixed. The outdoor patio was the only good thing that came out of it. what a shame to a great venue.

    Posted by randy dalton | January 18, 2023, 1:45 pm
    • My sentiments exactly.. the hooked, that lovely boat is used up on GALWAY Bay!- Hence the uniqueness of the restaurant.Now we go the the Harp and Crown for delicious Irish food with an English touch!

      Posted by Nancy Brand | January 20, 2023, 2:31 pm

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