Closed for Business: Lis Doon Varna

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It seems like terrible -- and terribly ironic -- timing for an Irish pub to shut its doors right before the holiday that turns every ordinary American Irish, but it's true -- Lis Doon Varna has closed.

The Peoria Irish pub quietly shut its doors about three weeks ago, and word's slowly getting out as St. Patrick's Day looms.

And apparently, it was not a victim of the economy, but rather one of the city's real estate fiasco.

"Business was good over there," says Steve Goumas from My Goodness Inc, the management company that runs Rula Bula in Tempe, and used to run Lis Doon Varna until last July. Both restaurants had the distinction of being the first two Guinness pubs in Arizona.

Goumas stresses that Rula Bula has no connection to Lis Doon Varna, and explains that the West Side eatery was the renter in a building that went into bankruptcy last summer, and that the bank, Wells Fargo, did not negotiate long-term financing. The trustee in charge closed the restaurant, and now it appears that the property is on the market.

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Maureen
Maureen

This was one of our favorite restaurants. and we were so terribly disappointed by its closure.  please come back!!!!!! we miss you!! 

BurgerBoy
BurgerBoy

My wife and I loved this place. We will miss it.

Sourcetags8codes
Sourcetags8codes

Well steve goumas doesn't know how to run his restaurants, lis and rula. He creates problems in his own bussiness and expects everyone to be on the same page when he doesn't tell anyone any info. Every recipe from both restaurants aree copied from the food networks website and moddifed to be" irish" meaning adding guinness or jameson to it. Maybe this will be a wake up call to him to run his restaurants better. Most likely not.

Brittanie
Brittanie

I just loved the building. It's odd that something as customized as that place was would give up that easily. They had to be making money because it was always pretty busy when I went and they overcharged for everything like crazy.

snuzie
snuzie

And I want to know what Wells Fargo feels that a closed restaurant is somehow better than continuing to allow the trustee to run the establishment.

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