McGonigal's Pub in Barrington to close at the end of the month

After almost 14 years in downtown Barrington, McGonigal's Pub will close at the end of the month.

Owner Bryan McGonigal posted a message on the Irish pub's website and Facebook pages Monday, saying that the business hadn't been generating enough revenue to remain viable.

"Over the years we've worked hard and tried virtually everything we could to guide it in the right direction - which includes putting forth a significant amount of family money in the business to keep it going - but with our business model, location and size of the Pub it's ended up being a losing battle to adequately support our operations and overhead," the statement from McGonigal read. "Inevitably the financial burdens of running this establishment have become so great that the business itself is no longer sustainable."

McGonigal said it's "business as usual" for the time being and that he'd have more to share in the coming weeks. The last day of operations is scheduled for Dec. 31.

"I completely understand that this is a tough one to swallow for our loyal patrons, the McGonigal family and our extended family," McGonigal's statement said.

Located at 105 S. Cook St., the pub opened in March 2010 in what was once a downtown Barrington bank.

McGonigal, a Barrington resident with no previous bar or restaurant industry experience, told the Daily Herald before the opening that he'd been "a professional customer for 20 years."

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