Shebeen Chic is the Irish Bar Now Taking Over the Former National Underground Space

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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Shebeen Chic is no April Fools joke…

The artist formerly known as the National Underground is officially in transition. Purple plywood encasement was constructed over the weekend for the bar transformation. It was decorated last night with the saying, “This is not an April Fools joke.”

You’ll recall that the National Underground – the live performance venue by the DeGraw brothers – sputtered to conclusion last fall. At the time, we learned that the business was sold to one James Morrissey, an Irishman who is planning a watering hole featuring “Irish gourmet food.” Pretty much zilch ensued in the intervening months, though, while the predecessor’s signage held on. Peeking behind the boards, the ground level is now unrecognizable.

Shebeen Chic, as the establishment is known, hopes to create the feel of an Irish rural country home in the 1940s. It’ll serve traditional foods like Shepherd’s Pie, beef stews, and fish and chips, all alongside “creative” events like poetry readings. CB3 approved the liquor license last summer, and it’s still pending with the SLA.

Morrissey is reported to have some twenty bars to his name back in the homeland.

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