My Edmonds News received word Monday morning Edmonds’ iconic Irish pub owners Brian Taylor and Louise Favier are pulling up stakes in June, to return to New York City.
According to Taylor, the family will leave June 20 and will visit Ireland — Favier’s homeland — and Europe through August. “While we were going to stay on in Ireland for the school year we have instead decided to return home to New York City,” Taylor wrote in an email.
According to Taylor, they are “in initial talks” to sell Jack Murphys, located on Fourth Avenue North in downtown Edmonds, as well as the Daphnes located in Bellingham, but they will retain ownership of Daphnes Edmonds, leaving it to Jeff Rose to manage. “I hope to leave the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim and the Saint Patrick Day flags traditions in good hands,” Taylor said. “Edmonds has been absolutely wonderful to our family but at the end of the day New York City is home for us.”
And what’s in store for the couple when they return to the Big Apple? “We still own the Pencil Factory Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn which opened in 2001 and we are exploring some potential new bar projects back in New York,” Taylor said.
This Friday, well-wishers are invited to visit the downtown Edmonds Starbucks, where Favier works as a barista, between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. to say good-bye. Rumor has it that Marcus Shelton will be there to sing a few Irish ballads as well.