The founding and presenting sponsor of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is unable to reopen prior to festivities on March 16 due to a recent fire, but the shenanigans will still go on!
March 4, 2019 (VPR) Palatine, IL. – Since the January 25, 2019 fire at Durty Nellie’s, its owners have been making the slow, but steady climb toward reopening the nearly 45-year restaurant, bar and entertainment venue in downtown Palatine. Despite progress made so far – which includes removal of all the building’s contents to be cleaned or restored, as well as restoration work to mitigate water and smoke damage, Durty Nellie’s will not be able to reopen in time for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
“While it is a huge blow for us to have to be closed during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and following celebrations – our biggest day of the year – we invite everyone to come to downtown Palatine on Saturday, March 16 to ‘Paint the Town Green’; enjoy the parade and the following festivities at other restaurants and bars in the downtown,” said Jim Dolezal, Durty Nellie’s co-owner. “We’re very proud to be the founder of this event and continue to be its presenting sponsor – despite our recent setbacks.”
Durty Nellie’s founded the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2011, and since then, the celebration of ‘all things green’ on the Saturday nearest to the St. Pat’s holiday has grown to draw thousands of people to downtown Palatine area each year.
The partial reopening of Durty Nellie’s (not including the kitchen) is projected to happen by the end of March or early April, depending on progress made by the restoration company handling the cleanup and rebuild. An arrangement with local restaurants to provide food as the kitchen rehabilitation continues will satisfy liquor license requirements from the Village of Palatine, to offer food up to one hour prior to when the bar closes. The kitchen is expected to be fully operational over the next few months.
Durty Nellie’s has been working closely with the Village, and would like to thank its staff, as well as the fire and police departments for their assistance on the day of the fire, and throughout its aftermath.
“When something like this happens, it really can bring out the best in people. What I’ve seen is a huge outpouring of support for us during this challenging time,” Dolezal said. “While it has been stressful, and at times frustrating, Durty Nellie’s will be back, and better than ever-please stay tuned!”
In regard to parties and other events scheduled over the next month, questions can be directed to Visit or for reopening updates.


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