Thursday, January 02, 2014

McCabe's Is Opening in The Dubliner Pub/Spirit Space in Cambridge

An Irish pub in North Cambridge that had changed its name earlier this year has closed after being in business for approximately 10 years, and a pub in Somerville will expand into the space.

A message from Patrick M. of the Server Not Servant site mentions that The Dubliner Pub on Mass. Ave. is no longer in business, with owner Christy Fitzsimons indicating (via the pub's Facebook page) that a new spot will apparently be taking over the space; the post says that "A good friend [of] mine & a person who is well known to many of the regulars of The Dubliner Pub, has bought the business and will be opening with a Great new concept early this year." It was learned this morning (after the initial posting of this article) that Bull McCabe's in the Union Square section of Somerville is the place opening in the former Dubliner Pub spot, with the new location of the pub having a different concept from the Somerville location because, unlike that spot, this one won't have an entertainment license. (Thanks to DigBoston for bringing this to our attention.)

[January 23 update: Cambridge Day states that the new restaurant and bar from Bull McCabe's will be quite a bit different from Spirit and The Dubliner Pub, and also different from the original location in Somerville as well. The article indicates that the new spot will focus at least in part on small plates made using fresh ingredients, and that most of the TVs will be gone, along with the sports bar atmosphere.]

[May 13 update: A Facebook post from the restaurant indicates that McCabe's opens tomorrow (Wednesday, May 14), and that it will apparently be called "McCabe's on Mass."]

The Dubliner Pub had formerly been known as Spirit, with that place closing this winter only to quickly reopen (under the same ownership) with a new name, a renovated interior, and an updated menu. Our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) had reviewed both Spirit and The Dubliner Pub, with the review being found at this link:

The address for the now-closed Dubliner Pub (and McCabe's) is 2046 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140.