The owners of Ri Ra Irish Pub have confirmed the popular pub has closed its doors for good.

The pub temporarily closed in late March in line with state guidance on the Coronovirus pandemic, however its permanent shuttering is unrelated to the public health emergency and instead the decision had been made at the start of the year.

The pub is located in the back of the 1010 Midtown building on the corner of Crescent Avenue and 12th Street.

In a statement placed on the pub’s website, owners David, Ciaran and Ryan said: “Although COVID 19 has had a devastating impact for the industry throughout the city of Atlanta, our decision to close had come prior to the outbreak. That said, we would have much preferred to give the pub and all our staff and guests a well-deserved send off, but unfortunately that was not to be.”

The statement continued: “We have made many friends in our time, and hope that one day in the future we can get back into the Atlanta market again to reignite those friendships”.

In January, the company closed Ri Ra’s sister pub in Washington D.C. in the Georgetown neighborhood after seven years, stating the business had struggled with viability for some time.

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