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Burst pipe soaks Sully's Irish Pub; hopes to reopen by Medina Ice Festival

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MEDINA — Fans of Irish whiskey and Guinness beer will have to go elsewhere.

Sully’s Irish Pub, 117 W. Liberty St., will be closed indefinitely for repairs after a water main pipe burst around midnight Wednesday.

It caused considerable damage to the flooring, ceiling tiles and the unique bar top, which absorbed a significant amount of water. The bar top was hand-crafted by one of Sully’s original partners.

Contractors are working feverishly to finish repairs in time for the Medina Ice Festival from Feb. 15-18 on Public Square, general manager Ali Burmeister said.

About 40 minutes after the staff locked up for the night Tuesday, she said, the pipe burst in the ceiling during the subzero weather.

Burmeister said she checked the surveillance footage in the pub to see what happened.

When staff opened up Wednesday around 9 a.m., one of the workers called Burmeister and said, “It’s raining in the pub.”

“I didn’t know what that meant, but I knew it wasn’t good,” she said.

Burmeister, owner John Sullivan’s daughter, said the half-inch pipe ran above the bar and below the apartment upstairs.

“(The lady upstairs) had no idea it burst,” she said. “We got in and turned off the main (line). From that point on, we brought in every shop vac we owned.”

Sully’s will celebrate its 11th anniversary in April.

It hopes to open in time for the Ice Festival for not only the increased foot traffic, but because it’s a Medina-centric, fun event, Burmeister said.

“That’s the hope and prayer,” she said. “People need a place to come in and heat up.”

Burmeister said much of the food that wasn’t frozen was taken to Cups Caf←, including much of Sully’s signature corned beef.

“That’s a really cool, caring establishment,” Burmeister said of Cups, which provides food to those in need. “It’s a great concept.”

She is in awe of all the outpouring from the bar’s regular customers.

“It’s been a blessing,” Burmeister said.

“We’ve had so much support from our customers. The community is part of us.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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