I just read in the North County News that PJ Kelly's in Peekskill is closing. Here's the article:
PEEKSKILL – The owner of PJ Kelly’s restaurant and pub at the Peekskill train station has decided to end his family’s 15-year run at the city landmark.
Matt Kelly, who inherited the business 10 years ago at the time of his father’s tragic death, has been accepted into the Master’s program at Notre Dame University and will relocate his family to Indiana to purse an advanced degree in business.
Kelly has been operating his business at the train station on a month-to-month lease with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) since last June. He made a bid for a long-term lease earlier this year but his proposal was rejected by the MTA as being too low. He was offered the option to continue month-to-month but has decided to move on instead.
Kelly was the only bidder to respond to the MTA.
In its request for proposals, the MTA sought extensive capital improvements at the train station and nearly triple the current monthly rent that PJ Kelly’s pays.
Kelly said he offered to make the capital investments but sought a lower rent in return and the MTA said no.
“My bid was considerably lower than what they were asking for, but I had considerable capital improvements to the premises,” he said. “They were looking for improvements with an increase in rent and I gave them capital improvements with a decrease in rent.”
Kelly said the decision to close PJ Kelly’s had more to do with his future business career than seeking a new long-term lease with the MTA.
“I’m not interested because I’m going back to business school,” he said. “That’s a good decision for my family.”
The restaurant portion of the business will likely close on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, while the bar will remain open until the end, most likely Father’s Day, in tribute to Kelly’s father who built up the business at a time when the train station area was struggling.
“Shutting down on Father’s Day would be a fitting end to the whole run,” he said.
The timing of the closing will depend in part on the MTA’s schedule and how quickly the restaurant’s seven employees can find new jobs, Kelly said. He expects to have to vacate the premises entirely by July 1.
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