The four men had a $250,000 offer for the Claddagh pub and catering hall last year. The deal fell through, and Farrell said he began rethinking the decision to sell after Daniel Rivera defeated Mayor William Lantigua in November.
“With the positive stuff in Lawrence — Daniel Rivera’s election as mayor — I’m more confident we can get the city going again,” Farrell said last night. “William Lantigua brought nothing but negative attention and press to Lawrence and that had a carry over effect to every business in Lawrence.”
Lantigua could not be reached after the Licensing Board meeting.
Farrell said he recently installed 17 television sets in the Claddagh to increase its appeal among sports fans. On Sunday, the bar will sponsor its 21st annual four-mile road race, which will benefit the Barry Kara Foundation, a non-profit that serves Greater Lawrence youth.
Last night’s Licensing Board meeting was the second chaired by Pedro Torres, who besides being the board’s chairman, is also its newest of its three members.
Rivera named Torres to replace Mayra Lantigua, the former wife of the former mayor, who served on the board for nine years and chaired it for the last year.
At his City Council confirmation hearing, Torres, who is general manager at Napolitano Marble and Granite, said he would be an activist member of the board. Last night, he said he was following through on the promise by visiting dozens of local restaurants to check that their licenses are current.
He said in just two weeks, he found 20 restaurants operating with expired licenses, including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King “and a bunch of smaller businesses.”