Fitzgerald’s to return with new ownership, new name

Fitzgerald’s, the sports bar that closed abruptly in December, has been taken over by a different owner who plans to bring new life back into the bar.

The new owner is Billy Whelan, who also owns Old Pequliar on NW Market St. He took over the space at 5811 24th Ave NW earlier this week, and plans to spend the next two months revamping it into another sports bar, but with an Irish twist.

Whelan tells My Ballard that he plans to do a deep clean and renovation — there will be new flooring, a new bar, and spotless kitchen after they’ve finished.

“I’d been looking for a place to open a new bar, and the timing was right,” Whelan said, adding that it helps that it’s just half a mile away from Old Pequliar. Business is going great at Old Pequliar — “no reason we can’t do it again,” he says.

Whelan says to expect trivia and sports nights at the yet-to-be-named bar. One thing is certain — Whelan says they’ll bring back the wings that Fitzgerald’s was known for.

The new bar should be open sometime this spring — we’ll check back with updated info when we learn more.


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Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

Just what we need, another hangout for straight white males…wait a minute, I’m not elenchos2!
I’m glad to see the business won’t sit vacant for long!

terryj
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terryj

its OK your Gay, just don’t try and hate those that disagree.

Truth
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Truth

That joke went so far over your head, you probably couldn’t even hear the whooshing sound.

elenchos2
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elenchos2

Any bar in Ballard will only be frequented by white people. That’s the way Ballardites like it!

Paintking
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Paintking

Did you ask every person in today’s Ballard? Plenty of diversity to go around. Do us all a favor and remove your blindfold. Oh, and turn off MSLSD, it’s obviously poisonous.

austin_nyguen
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austin_nyguen

always heard this spot used for money laundry… coming back with “new” owner and “new” name wont fool me for one second. STAY AWAY

taybrenn
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taybrenn

Well it is a new owner with someone else that invested and i happen to know them both and it def will not be that. So check your shit before you start rumors you ignorant f*ck!

Paintking
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Paintking

Umm, do you still beat your spouse? Heard that the other day about you. Just saying…………. See how this works pal.

coryclassic
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coryclassic

Glad to see that it will remain local.

BedreEnnDeg
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BedreEnnDeg

I heard @BallardByBoat and @elenchos2 we’re trying to bring a 00’s – 15th in Crown Hill style strip joint to this location. I guess they lost the bidding war.

Kreskin
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Kreskin

Please God, not another sports bar with an Irish twist, the new “Loft” has ruined that concept. Hopefully the “twist” is an Irish flag. See the Westy for the sports bar template, they are the gold standard in Seattle. But, welcome! Really glad to see this spot is reopening.

Southeasterner
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Southeasterner

I’m not sure why Americans always try to theme sports bars with other cultures. A sports bar in Ireland is just a pub with a few extra tv’s that show soccer and rugby 24/7.

taybrenn
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taybrenn

Ballard needs a better sports bar with good food. This place will be great. Just watch

MrGrayPonytail
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MrGrayPonytail

Sooo, it really isn’t Fitzgeralds at all.

Blazer
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Blazer

Just bring back the mozzarella logs!

Kreskin
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Kreskin

Yes!!!

Lizzy the Lezzy
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Lizzy the Lezzy

Please bring back the Go Cougs neon Rainier sign in the window.

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