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Posted on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 7:02 a.m.

Cleary's Pub in Chelsea reopens after week-long renovations

By Lisa Carolin

Cleary's Pub is open again in Chelsea after undergoing a quick but noticeable renovation this week.

The 22-year-old downtown pub has been rejuvenated and is sporting a whole new look from the floor to the bar.


A new granite bar was installed this week at Cleary's Pub in Chelsea.

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According to co-owner Meg Boomer, "We gutted out the building and redid the front face."

The pub closed on Sunday, February 3, when workers began the challenging task of replacing carpeting, wood floors, building some new walls and putting in a new bar, just to name a few of the changes that the owners set out to do in less than a week's time.

The purpose: "We've been here over 20 years and it was time to freshen it up," said Boomer.

Additional changes include moving the front door, installing new lighting, adding new booths and buying new chairs.

"We're still putting the finishing touches on it," said Joan Cleary, one of the pub's co-owners, who was referring to putting up some wood on a back wall and hanging pictures. "We wanted to spruce things up."

She did not give a cost estimate for the work.

Customers on Saturday were being treated to all the aesthetic changes along with entertainment in the evening from musician Tommy Foster. The pub's menu - which includes burgers and sandwiches - remains the same, along with the restaurant's signature selection of draft beers.

Cleary's, which is located at 113 S. Main St. in downtown Chelsea, was established in 1991 and is still owned by its founders, siblings Patrick Cleary, Joan Cleary and Boomer.



Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:01 a.m.

Wow! Great job getting a big renovation done in a week! Cleary's has great food --- especially the burgers and homemade chips. Looking forward to checking out the new and improved restaurant next time we take the family out for dinner.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

Are these the same owners of the Cleary's Pub in Howell as well?


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:02 a.m.

The restaurants are run independently from each other, but the owners of Cleary's Howell and Cleary's Chelsea are siblings.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 6:50 p.m.

We think their burgers are the best in this whole area. Nice staff too.

John Counts

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 3:09 p.m.

I try to get into Cleary's whenever I can. I'm interested to see how the remodeling worked out.

buvda fray

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:59 p.m.

The food can be good at Cleary's. Once in a while it leaves you wondering what they were focusing on in the kitchen. We'll give it another try sometime soon.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:28 p.m.

Joan, Meg & Pat - We were there as it opened and are happy to see the changes. We are excited and happy for all of you, great job!


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.

We love Cleary's and are very happy to see them doing well enough to make improvements!


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 4:53 a.m.

They really should have sharpened their menu. The food is simply not good at all!


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:37 a.m.

I have been in Cleary's numerous times over the years and I am curious about what you meant by sharpening their menu? For a small pub they have an extensive menu, daily specials, pasta, fish dinners, sandwiches, Mexican food, burgers, homemade soup, & chili, a variety of salads, appetizers and pizza.