October 26, 2021

Paddy’s Pub sold

Owners make announcement via Facebook post

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A car drives by Paddy’s Pub on Owego Street on Wednesday in Cortland. Saturday will mark the last day the restaurant will be owned by Terri and Tony Piombo.

A little more than three years since buying Paddy’s Pub in Cortland, Saturday will be the last day the restaurant will be open under the ownership of Terri and Tony Piombo, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“So to Our Wonderful Paddy’s Pub Family and Friends, it is with a very heavy heart that we let you know that we have sold Paddy’s Pub,” states a post last week on the Facebook page attributed to the two.

The post attributes reasons for selling such as staff leaving and having a hard time to replace the staff who have left.

Additionally, it attributes age of the two as a factor, “where working one job is easier than working two jobs.”

“We achieved our goals of taking a closed Paddy’s Pub, putting the life back into it and making it our own version of ‘Cheers’ where everyone is family, friends or soon to be friends,” the post said. “One of the biggest compliments that I remember is from one of our Paddy’s Pubs softball girls, ‘You make us feel like we are sitting in your living room,’ ‘We feel like this is our home.’”

Terri Piombo declined to comment Wednesday. Tony Piombo could not be reached.

Garry VanGorder, the executive director of the Cortland County Business Development Corp., applauded Tony Piombo’s ownership.

“He did a really good job with Paddy’s Pub, made it a nice neighborhood,” VanGorder said.

VanGorder said the issues the pub faced, like struggling to find workers, is an issue businesses across the nation face for several reasons, including that a lack of child care that has kept parents home.

The restaurant, which opened in 1984, has been a local institution and a fun place to gather, he said. The burgers and chicken wings were two items the restaurant has been known for.

Brothers Pat and Mike O’Mara opened the pub in 1984.

Terri and Toni Piombo purchased and reopened it in 2018.

The bar, which Patrick O’Mara said in 1984 was built between 1910 and 1925, was formerly Dave’s Tavern, Lefty’s Gold Mine and the Owego Street Tavern.

“We will truly miss you All!” the Facebook post said.