Plainfield Pub Closes: Last Call at Mickey O'Neill's

After seven months, the Irish pub is out of business.

A week after announcing it was cutting back hours due to slow business, Mickey O’Neill’s has closed for good.

The Irish pub and restaurant, 24102 W. Lockport St., opened June 4, 2012.

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On Tuesday, a representative for Mickey O’Neill’s confirmed via email that the pub, which hosted live music and events including a regular trivia night, had called it quits.

“We have unfortunately closed our doors for good,” the email said.

Owner Chuck Rizzo did not respond to a message left by Patch on Tuesday.

The restaurant was the latest venture for Rizzo, who also owns Rizzo's in downtown Naperville and Charlie's Bar & Grill in Elmhurst.

Mickey O’Neill’s had recently reduced its hours of operation, announcing via Facebook on Jan. 7 that it was closing on Sundays “seeing as how winter is the slow time for the restaurant.”

O’Neill’s is the second Irish pub that failed to find its footing in the downtown Plainfield location.

In September 2011, Finnegan’s Irish Pub closed after its liquor license was revoked; weeks later, regular patrons and the musicians that frequented the pub paid it a sad farewell.


  • Mickey O’Neill’s to Open Monday
  • New Irish Pub Taking Over Finnegan’s Old Location
  • Musicians Bid Farewell to Finnegan’s


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bobby sotir January 20, 2013 at 10:03 PM
suck it weimer
bobby sotir January 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM
may i ask who are you scott weiner
Mike Piazza January 21, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Good place to go is Hop Scotch and Vine, family owned everyone is very nice and while the menu is somewhat small, have ne'er had bad meal
Frank January 21, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I wish Plainfield would allow Taverns without mandating that a restaurant is attached. I think a good old fashioned pump room, like used to be in the back of the old Foremost liquor stores would be cool. The proverbial after work shot-n-a-beer joint where the "food" is a frozen pizza, pretzels, popcorn, slim jims, cheese sticks, chips, etc.(no need for a kitchen), a pool table, a pinball machine and a jukebox somewhere and there was package goods, cigarettes, cigars, etc. available to go. Trying to run a bar with the baggage of a restaurant is going to be a failure and trying to run a restaurant with the baggage of a bar is going to be a failure. If the two were separated like they used to be, I think there would be a greater chance of success. Back in the day, you never heard of a local watering hole going under, nor a local restaurant. Now that it's a law that they have to be combined, they go under left and right. I suppose I just wax nostalgic, but them sure were the days.
PlainfieldResident January 22, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Any updates on the employees and management? Last I heard they did not pay them, return their phone calls, or let them go into the bar to retrieve their personal belongings. What a shame


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