Upstairs, the Crown, an English pub, and downstairs, its Irish counterpart, the Harp

UPDATE: Owners have confirmed Daddy Jack’s will close in May, along with The Harp and the Crown.

Original post below from April 14, 2017:

While The Crown and Harp has only been a Lower Greenville staple since 2011, the building has been owned and managed by Raw Bar LLC, headed by Cary Ray, Neil Connell and Jack Chaplin, since 1997 when it was an epicenter of live music as The Cavern. Although the owners just applied for a new special use permit to operate after midnight, Central Track is reporting that they have sold the building at 1914 Greenville, with plans to close The Crown and Harp by May 7.

“As of right now, that’s what I have been told,” Spencer Douglas Wharton, talent buyer, told Central Track. “My understanding is that the space has been sold, and that’s the last day that it’ll be open as The Crown and Harp.”

We called the business but it was before 9 a.m. and it’s a bar, so obviously no one answered.

The Crown and Harp was a revamped concept from the owners with a British pub on top of an Irish tavern, but it kept The Cavern’s tradition of live music with a packed performance schedule most nights of the week. Central Track reports all shows planned this weekend will go on as scheduled.

It is unclear what the future holds for Daddy Jack’s, the New England-style chowder house that has sat next door for 25 years (making our “Dang, that place still exists? List” in 2014). The business is owned by Ray and Chaplain, while the building belongs to Short Stack, another LLC the three businessmen operate together.

In their application to continue late-night hours at The Crown and Harp, they wrote: “The Crown and Harp maintains a close symbiotic relationship with Daddy Jack’s restaurant next door, with a shared office, as a destination after dinner, and most importantly, as a comfortable place to wait if the restaurant is full. Thus, the viability of The Crown and Harp is essential to the viability of Daddy Jack’s.”

Sounds like if one goes, so goes the other. And it would make sense that whoever bought the building would want the additional space. But that’s just speculation for now. We’ll update this story when we know more.

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