Getting ahead of what would undoubtedly result in a major sandwich panic scenario, Mudgie's Deli owner Greg Mudge turned to social media today to assure fans it was absolutely not for sale. It seems long time the popular restaurant and bar's longtime landlord Mary Jane McNally passed away late last year leaving the property up for grabs. Mudge writes:
This is a small town, news travels fast. The longtime landlord of our building, Mary Jane McNally. RIP, passed away before the holidays. Her family has decided to sell the property. The property will hit the market later this week. Mudgie's is not for sale. Mudgie's is not for sale. We have a solid lease for some time to come.
McNally was the co-owner of O'Leary's Tea Room and Eph McNally's Deli with her husband John Custer, among other businesses. Mudge was an employee at Eph McNally's and eventually redeveloped the space into his own concept. McNally's daughters are arranging a sale of the building.
Reached for comment, Mudge tells Eater he has almost 10 years on the lease. "I would absolutely been interested in purchasing the building myself," he says. "I'm just not interested in the price they're selling." The building is expected to be listed with O'Connor Real Estate later this week.
Several months ago rumors swirled of a mass Corktown restaurant exodus, after St. CeCe's Pub, Casey's Pub, and Le Petit Zinc's properties appeared on O'Connor Real Estate's website. All three restaurant listings are still posted.