Patrick “Paddy” and Irene Adams recently opened the doors to their new bar at 1218 Victorian Ave. The couple has spent the last year relocating their business, which previously existed only a couple blocks west of the new location. They had to move because of a city development project that will eventually demolish their old building to make a byway cutting through Victorian Avenue.
The property was acquired by the city of Sparks in eminent domain proceedings. Property owner, Bill Simons, said that he is legally bound not to discuss how much the city paid the tenants in relocation costs. However, in January, the Sparks City Council approved $150,000 in relocation costs for property at 1212 Victorian Avenue - Paddy and Irene's former home.
“When we opened (the old location), the city told us we only had around 14 months and we were there for five years,” Irene said.
“The city has really been right to us and helped us along the whole way” Paddy added.
The transition was as smooth as it gets for business owners in the position that Paddy and Irene were in. The day the city notified the couple that they were going to have to move, they received a handbill advertising the new location right up the street. Paddy and Irene opened the new location on June 26, only 24 hours after they closed the old watering hole.
The new location may be on the same street, but Paddy and Irene are feeling the need to try new things and get a new groove for their new spot.
“We still have a lot of things to figure out about the new location,” Paddy said.
“The Nugget used to be where a lot of things would overflow from,” Irene added. “Now, we are surrounded by competition and we will have to adapt to the new flow of events.”
The new Paddy and Irene’s is nestled between Cantina Los Tres Hombres and The Great Basin Brewing Co. in a line of seven bars and restaurants on the east end of Victorian Avenue. Inside the brick building is a totally renovated bar.
“People have been walking by and looking in on us as if we are more upscale now,” Paddy said. “It’s just that everything looks nice compared to the old place.”
The new space has triple the capacity and twice the physical space of the old Paddy and Irene’s. The walls and open ceiling ventilation are affectionately green. The 50-foot bar is constructed of natural wood surrounding a green wooden surface. High-top tables line one wall of the room. There is a pool table at one end of the long room and three dart boards at the opposite end. Everything looks and smells brand new.
“The other building was over 100 years old and it has its appeal but everything was falling apart,” Irene said. “Everything in this building, from the plumbing to the braille signs on the bathroom door to all the bar equipment, is new. I know what is underneath every bit of the floors and what’s behind all the walls.”
The couple is very pleased and excited with the way things have worked out and being able to stay on Victorian Avenue. They received a lot of support from the city and say many of the new neighbors have been very welcoming.
“I would be content where I was, but I’m thankful for what we have now,” Paddy said.