End of an Erin: Pub closing along Collier Boulevard will auction items Tuesday

Roger LaLonde Staff
After nearly 30 years, Erin's Isle Irish Pub is closing. The Absolute Auction begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Restaurant.

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Roger LaLonde Staff After nearly 30 years, Erin's Isle Irish Pub is closing. The Absolute Auction begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Restaurant.

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It's over for owner Mike Ward and Erin's Isle Irish Pub.

"I really don't have any options, I'm setting up for an auction on Tuesday," he said Friday.

Ward has leased the property for nearly 30 years, but when it was sold in May when he was told he had to vacate the property because it was being demolished in mid-June.

The date went by for demolition, but the closing of the restaurant, 6190 Collier Blvd., was only delayed.

"Everything goes," Ward said. "It's a shame because I probably won't get more than 10 cents on a dollar."

He expects the auction will bring $25,000 to $35,000.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Erin's Isle, Toby Neverett Auctioneers will auction off all furniture, fixtures and equipment, along with equipment Ward used for a catering business.

James Noon, a Naples attorney representing the seller, Laupco, Inc., said there had been recent discussions between Ward and Laupco, but classified them as confidential. He did say: "All disputes were resolved. No one is happy when you have to move, but I think Mike was happy and had an opportunity for another location."

At this point Ward does not seem inclined to start over.

"I've looked at locations, but that's a big thing financially," Ward said. "The bottom line is I am 65 years old and maybe it's time to hang it up. I had hoped for a continuance on the lease, but it didn't happen."

Ward had leased the property since May 1983 as Ward Services. It was a 20-year lease with Laupco, with two seven-year options. Ward took advantage of the first option in 2003. He attempted to do the same in 2010, but Laupco did not sign off.

Property next to Erin's Isle, with a Texaco gas station, a vegetable store and an area used for Erin's Isle parking, has also been sold. Both properties, Laupco and TCL, have Leroy A. Laupert of Naples on Collier County ownership records. Moon said Laupert is a managing partner.

Moon, also represents, TCL, which has no plans for that property. All he would say is, "Texaco is not closing."

Rumors that Race Trac is interested in buying both properties for a major facility have not been confirmed.

There will be no farewell party for Ward and Erin's Isle. All restaurant items are being gathered and itemized for the auction.

To see a listing of items for auction, go to www.neverettauctions.com

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