Corridor Business Journal | June 25, 2016
Marion’s newest Irish pub, Uptown Snug, has opened its doors on the first floor of Memorial Hall, one of the city’s historic Uptown District buildings.
Jeanne and Paul Matthews purchased the building in 2013 in a state of disrepair. The couple has backgrounds in realty and general contracting and have worked for the past three years to build and renovate the building, adding an Irish theme to the pub space.
Memorial Hall was originally constructed in 1900 with funds raised by the Women’s Relief Corps. The first floor contained a dry goods store and a horse livery, and the second floor served as a meeting hall for Civil War veterans.
“Marion was founded along the rail road, and the Irish were the everyday workers in the area,” said Ms. Matthews. “This pub is a way to honor the heritage of the town and the people who built it.”
The new pub features 12 beers on tap, wine and cocktails. A patio off the back overlooks the ImaginArt in the Alleys project which is expected to be completed later this year.
There will be a ribbon cutting and grand opening tomorrow, June 24 from 4-6 p.m. at 770 11th St., Marion.