Thursday, June 20, 2024

The Sligo Pub in Somerville’s Davis Square on Nov. 8, 2005. (Photo: Jill Robidoux via Flickr)

The Sligo Pub in Somerville’s Davis Square closes in early June, according to a Thursday post on social media from owners.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the upcoming closure,” members of the Mansion family said. “It has been a difficult decision, but after careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that it is time to close our family business, which has been a part of this community for several decades.”

The pub has been open for more than 75 years at 237A Elm St., according to its website, with its name coming from previous owners who immigrated from County Sligo in Ireland. Before them the pub was called Mahoney’s and before that, it was known as Pat Connolley’s, the site says.

News of the closing was first reported Thursday by Marc Hurwitz of the Hidden Boston website. The previous and the current owners, who took it over in 1989, come from Ireland, and “it is one of only a few remaining dive bars left in the city,” Hurwitz said.

The London-based real estate owner, operator and developer Scape North America plans a four-story building – originally intended to be residential but now with retail on the ground floor and lab and office spaces on upper stories – at Elm and Grove street. Construction stretches as far up Elm Street as The Burren, though that Irish restaurant and pub is expected to be able to stay in business throughout construction.

Not so for the businesses Dragon Pizza, Caramel patisserie, Kung Fu Tea, McKinnon’s Meat Market, When Pigs Fly bakery, the Martsa on Elm restaurant and Sligo Pub.

During a 2022 meeting, representatives of Scape said construction would take 18 to 24 months, but could not give an expected start date. Executives said they would work with tenants to find them new locations.