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A whimsical Irish-style pub planned for Saratoga Springs

Inside the Irish restaurant pub.

The Irish Times it is a-changing. Founders Nikki and Niall Roche have sold the five-year-old Saratoga Sorings business to Bill Donovan, a financial partner in the nearby Maestro’s at the Van Dam.

The Irish Times will close after service Sunday for a brief period of renovation. After that, a reopening is targeted for Friday, May 16, under the name Harvey's Irish Pub & Restaurant. The new name? It's an homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Mary Chase play "Harvey" that was made into a 1950 movie starring James Stewart as a man with an invisible six-foot-plus rabbit friend named Harvey. Harvey is a pookah, a kindly spirit creature in Irish mythology.

Niall Roche wrote to patrons in an e-mail, "It has been a great experience for me and look forward to my future endeavours. I want to sincerely thank all who have passed through our doors over the years."

The pub is located at 14 Phila Street. Once re-opened, it will operate until 11 p.m. Sunday, until midnight Monday-Thursday, and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The pub menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, the dinner menu from 5 to 9 p.m. daily, and the brunch menu 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phone: (518) 583-0003.

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