Fan bar F.W. Sullivan’s has formally called it quits after 10 years in business — and now its building at 2401 W. Main St. is up for grabs.
Sullivan’s owner Jake Crocker said he’d closed temporarily in March, just before St. Patrick’s Day and when social distancing guidelines were beginning to go into effect. It remained closed since, with its windows still decorated with Irish ephemera up until a few weeks ago.
But after about seven months in limbo because of the pandemic, Crocker said he decided to keep Sullivan’s closed permanently.
“We’re known for packing people in and it’s not a big space. We’re a social center and that doesn’t work in the time of social distancing,” Crocker said. “There were a lot of memories made and good times had. It’s fitting a place called Sullivan’s would go out on St Patrick’s Day.”
Crocker said reopening for takeout and limited seating just didn’t make sense for the business.
“You could charge $100 for a half-dozen wings or $20 a bud light and it won’t cover the overhead,” he said.
On the heels of its closure, Sullivan’s building, which Crocker does not own, was put up for sale on Thursday. One South Realty’s Patrick Sullivan and John Innes have the listing.
The 4,400-square-foot building sits on less than a tenth of an acre, with an apartment above the downstairs commercial space. The asking price has not been disclosed, and the parcel was most recently assessed by the city at $757,000.
Per Richmond property records, it’s owned by 2401 West Main Street LLC, which is managed by Quintessential Management Inc., all tied back to other LLCs in D.C.- and Las Vegas. The entities bought the building in 2018 for $880,000. Crocker said he couldn’t disclose more details about the current owners, stating only that they’re from out of town.
Crocker continues to own Lady N’Awlins Cajun Café, which sits across the street and is back open for business. He previously owned a minority stake in Upton Market & Deli, another restaurant on the block that closed last year and was replaced by Moon Rocks Gelato.
With Sullivan’s in the rearview mirror, Crocker’s continuing to operate Lady N’Awlin’s and recently co-founded a marketing consulting firm called Ashelore Brand + Culture. He also unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates on the libertarian ticket in 2017.