New Owners Plan Revamp of Longtime Dearborn Pub
Kelly's Irish Pub is closed, but not for long.
Anyone who frequents Kelly’s Irish Pub has no doubt noticed that the long-time Dearborn bar has been closed since June 14.
It’s not going anywhere, though. It’s just undergoing some renovations by its new management.
“We want to keep it a neighborhood Irish pub,” said owner Dan Helka. “Everyone knows the name Kelly’s.”
Helka–with friend John Carone and brother Dennis–bought the place off of Jim Kelly, who founded the establishment over 30 years ago.
“I always told Jim that if he ever retired, I wanted to buy the place,” Helka said.
And that’s exactly what happened. Kelly retired and sold his bar to three of his best patrons.
“When I started drinking there over 20 years ago, it was kind of my watering hole,” Helka said. “We all grew up in that neighborhood. We’re all Dearborn guys.”
Helka also owns the Delux Bar & Lounge in Greektown and the Dotte Pub in Wyandotte. Carone is the owner of the Don Yeyo Cigar Factory in Dearborn.
Fans and staff of Kelly's celebrated the retirement of Jim Kelly last Wednesday at the bar, and on the establishment's Facebook page.
Kelly’s Irish Pub, located at 3701 Telegraph Rd., will reopen to the public in early July.