Niagara Gazette — YOUNGSTOWN — The former Brennan’s Irish Pub, closed since last fall, has been sold at an auction for an estimated $175,000.
Initially the successful bidder was Mike Fox, who owns Niagara Jet Adventures in the village, but subsequently an agreement was negotiated to transfer the restaurant ownership to Claudia Andres and Nick Ricciuti, who will operate the business in a partnership. Cash Cunningham, a Buffalo-based auctioneer, conducted the proceedings with some 20 potential buyers in attendance. The restaurant was formerly owned and operated by Gary Brennan.
“We’re excited about this (investment) and while there’s a lot of work still to do yet, we’re really hoping that we can open by June 1,” said Andres, who is the chorale director for the Wilson Central School District and wife of Dr. Jerome Andres.
“There’s a lot of positive feelings about the re-opening,” she said. “We love music, good food and fun.”
Andres added that her husband and Ricciuti also enjoy playing in a popular band. Entertainment will definitely be on tap in the restaurant and tavern, she said. It’s also possible the restaurant may have a role in hosting some immensely popular Tavern Nights to benefit Old Fort Niagara.
Andres said she and her partner intend to work closely with Fox whose new jet boat service is set to begin trips in the lower Niagara River this spring, between the marina he runs on Water Street and the Whirlpool area, just south of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the Robert Moses Power Plant.
“Mike is a great person to be working with,” Andres said. “He has a lot of enthusiasm and love for the community.”