Sure enough, today, I received the following email from reader Keith this morning.
"Was open earlier this week but last night when I passed by...the inevitable. Don't let them take our only Irish bar! I have a feeling they are not remodeling."
It is more likely that Céol is closed for good.
The building housing the pub and its neighbor at 193 Smith Street have been marketed as a contiguous property by Smith Hanten Real Estate for $13,000,000 for the past few months.
Both buildings are 25 feet wide, which would represent a total of 50 feet of commercial frontage on a high foot traffic street, along a subway line.
Céol has been part of the community for quite a few years and will be missed. It offered a real no-frills neighborhood atmosphere compared to the more pretentious bars that opened on Smith Street in more recent years.