Friday, January 22, 2021

Curran’s North Wildwood set to open Memorial Day Weekend

On Tuesday, January 19, North Wildwood City Council approved a liquor transfer to Gerald Curran, paving the way for Curran’s Irish Pub to take over the former home of The Establishment at 100.

This will mark Curran’s first expansion outside of Pennsylvania, and third location overall. He opened his popular bar in Northeast Philadelphia's historic Tacony neighborhood, just off of I-95, in 2000. A second location in Bensalem followed in 2007.

Curran is aiming to be open for Memorial Day Weekend. He told city council, including Mayor Patrick Rosenello, that he plans to operate Curran’s North Wildwood seasonally at first, but hopes to eventually move to a year round schedule.

In terms of style and menu, Curran’s is much closer to its new neighbor, Keenan’s Irish Pub, than The Establishment, which offered a more “upscale” experience. The pub’s official website touts its "daily drink specials and delicious dishes like our Shepherds Pie, BBQ pork sandwich and BBQ ribs,” along with its signature Pudgy Chicken Wings (Best of Philly, 2003).

Expect to see some familiar live entertainment on the patio, too. Curran’s PA locations regularly feature performers and bands that are summertime staples in the Wildwoods, such as LeCompt, Jamison, Shot of Southern and The Sensational Soul Cruisers.

The Establishment at 100 announced that it was closing permanently in November, after eight years at the southern end of the Olde New Jersey Avenue bar/entertainment district. The building was previously home to Claude’s Restaurant.

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