A new tenant will be taking up residence at Waterbury’s 3 South Main St. — the former home of Arvads, and more recently Allium — later this year.
David Nelson, who owns Mulligan’s Irish Pub in Barre and three McGillicuddy’s sports bars in Chittenden County, confirmed Monday morning that he’ll be opening a fourth McGillicuddy’s in downtown Waterbury.
“We signed with Jeff [Larkin] the day after Christmas,” Nelson said. Larkin and his wife, Maryanne, operated Arvads Pub and Grill at 3 South Main St. for nearly three decades before selling the business, but not the building, to Jason and Kirsten Palmer in 2017. Allium closed early last summer and 3 South Main has been vacant since, but it won’t be for much longer.
The new McGillicuddy’s wont be opening immediately, Nelson said, as he and his team work through the necessary permitting process and get contractors into the building for renovations.
Along with Mulligan’s and the trio of McGillicuddy’s in Williston, Essex and Colchester, Nelson’s restaurant mini-empire formerly included a McGillicuddy’s in Montpelier. He sold that pub in early 2017, and the new Waterbury locale will gives the franchise another presence in central Vermont.
“Waterbury is a great community, and it’s a fantastic beer and food market that sees a lot of tourists and great locals,” Nelson said. “We thought it was a good spot.”
A sign went up in the window at 3 South Main St. after he signed the agreement with the Larkins, and the buzz has been growing as people have noticed it.
“My phone has been ringing non-stop,” Nelson said. “People seem to be excited.”
There are still a lot of loose ends to tie up, he added, and they won’t be ready to open this winter, but if everything comes together like he’s hoping Nelson thinks the newest McGillicuddy’s could open its doors this spring.
“We’re looking forward to coming to Waterbury,” he said.