Irish and independent, Parnellís Pub celebrates 15 years on Lee Road
For more years than anyone can remember, 2167 Lee Road, next door to the Cedar Lee Theatre, has been a bar. For the last 15 years, it has been the Charles Stewart Parnell Pub, under the watchful eye and keep of Irish-born owner Declan Synnott. Better known in the neighborhood as simply Parnell’s Pub, it’s likely the old oak bar holds more stories and secrets than most high school students.
Arriving in Boston in 1994 from County Meath, Ireland, Synnott was enticed to move to Cleveland by the promise of opening a family-owned Irish restaurant--Flannery’s on East 4th Street. After opening and managing the place for a few years, he knew it was time for him to have his turn.
Enter Parnell’s on Lee Road, Feb. 1, 1997. After a time, Synnott bought out his partner, and Sean Gormley, Parnell’s became a one-man show. Last year, when Synnott tied the knot with a local lass, Parnell’s became a family-run Irish pub. (Look for signs of another family expansion early this year.)
Now settled in Cleveland Heights, Synnott is an active member of the Cedar Lee SID. In addition to running a bar and pouring pints all night, he somehow finds time to lobby Congress and attend neighborhood improvement meetings.
Synnott has created a friendly atmosphere for both 20-somethings and older patrons. No matter who you are, as you walk through the old oak door and sidle up to the bar, you are surrounded by friends and a special coziness found only in a true Irish pub.
On Friday, Jan. 27, Synnott and his staff invite guests to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this independent Heights business. Partnering with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company of Akron (which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in February) the hosts challenge you to “drink us out of glassware” for the night. Buy a pint and keep the commemorative glass—when they’re gone, they’re gone for good. (Well, maybe they’ll bring them back for their next milestone anniversary).
Although the price of a proper “imperial pint” may have risen over time, two things have stayed the same—the quality and the craic (loosely translated as “fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation").
Elizabeth Synnott is the Cleveland Heights lass mentioned in the article.