Saturday is last call for a pint at the “Tipp”

Declining sales and failed lease renegotiations are leading Lakewood pub, the Tipperary Inn, to close. Tim Russi, who has owned the pub for five years with his wife, Ellen, declined to elaborate on negotiations with building owner, SLJ Co. He blamed the economy — with people being laid off and taking pay cuts, fewer are spending money in restaurants and bars.

"We worked really hard at this for five years. Actually, it’s a sign of the times," he said. "It’s not that we did anything wrong, it’s just that people don’t have the money to spend."

The worst part is saying goodbye to customers, many of whom have become friends of the Russi family, and the pub’s 15 employees, who all live in Lakewood, he said.

This isn’t the first time the Tipperary has closed. Read more about that after the jump.

The Tipperary’s original owner, Martin Lombard, opened it on Greenville Avenue in 1990 and moved it to its current location on Live Oak in 1994.  Lombard closed the place in July 2003, and the Russis bought it in May 2004.

“I’ve tried everything I know to keep it going, but we’re going to keep feeling a squeeze,” Russi said. “It’s been a great five years and we’ve met some wonderful people.”

I put a call in to SLJ Co., but haven’t heard back so far.

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  • richard

    I hate to say this because I was once a devoted patron of the Tipp but it is much more than a bad economy that closed this joint. It used to be a fairly authentic Irish pub that had really pretty good food, Irish waitstaff (which added some ambiance) and it was kid friendly – probably one of the only pubs/bars in Dallas you could take a kid to and not feel strange about it. Over the past two years the food had become almost inedible- the concentration on the bar next door with the door adjoining the smoke free pub area with the smokey room and the abudance of drunken college students watching the ball game that you had to pass on the way to the restroom made the experience totally different. It used to be more like a pub in the UK and it turned into a bar like every other in Dallas. Why do places always feel the need to expand and lose sight of why they were popular to begin with? I will miss the old Tipp – esp. the good Shepards Pie and the Fish and Chips before they were greasy and raw in the middle. I will also miss the real Irish breakfast that they served for about a week last year before they decided their money should be spent on tvs or other “bar” gear for the wrong side of the pub. I will mostly miss sitting with my family and friends with my little girl in my lap singing along to Irish jigs. Bummer for them but I would have spent my money there no matter the state of the economy if they had just left good enough alone.