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Rice Village’s Gorgeous Gael Irish Pub Calls It Quits

The owners have a new pub in store for Spring Branch

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The Gorgeous Gael, a longstanding Rice Village Irish pub has officially shuttered.

A announcement posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page indicates that the establishment would close on Sunday, September 30, citing “unforeseen circumstances that are not within our influence or control.” The pub had been located in Rice Village for nearly two decades, previously known as Brian O’Neill’s before rebranding four years ago to its latest iteration. The overhaul included a complete menu revamp to more elevated fare, plus an interior renovation to move away from the dark interiors ubiquitous in many Irish pubs.

Eater has reached out to the restaurant for comment, but no word yet on the specifics behind the closure. In brighter news, that same Facebook post announced that the owners will be opening a new venture clear across town called Hugh O’Connor’s, which sounds a lot like an Irish pub judging by the name. The new pub will be located at 7620 Katy Freeway and is slated to open in late October.

Stay tuned as Eater acquires more information on the forthcoming venture. In the meantime, peep the full announcement below.

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