Owner Ron Briggs cited health as a factor. He's hoping someone in the community might consider reopening the place.

JACKSON TWP.  Popular locally owned Belden Village restaurant Mulligan's Restaurant & Pub has closed.

The owners said they are walking away because of personal health issues. Ron Briggs said he and a his sister Joycelyn both have been ill and faced hospital stays during the past two months. That turn of events prompted the decision to close.

"Up until this happened, I just had no concept of my mortality, I didn't consider my age," said Briggs, who is 74.

The restaurant at 4118 Belden Village St. NW. closed on Saturday. Briggs said several old-time employees were there to reminisce about the restaurant's 37 years.

"It's not a temporary thing for us," Briggs said of the closing. He has talked with owners of La Pizzaria and The Canal Grill about taking on reservations that have been booked for the party or banquet room at Mulligan's. He still is sorting through what will happen with customers holding gift certificates.

 

Briggs said while he and his sister are walking away, he hopes it's not the end for the restaurant. He said there is hope someone will step forward and continue Mulligan's legacy as a locally owned and operated restaurant in Belden Village.

"It's an excellent opportunity for someone local to pick it up and go on," Briggs said.

Briggs got his early experience in the restaurant business working a club called JB's while a student at Kent State University. He paired with the owner of JB's to open a similar club in the Canton area and managed it for more than a year before taking a job as a parole officers with the state.

But Briggs still wanted to own a restaurant. Although he worked as a parole officer, Briggs teamed with his sister and some others to open Mulligan's. The place became known for baby back ribs, burgers, prime rib and stew, among other dishes.

After opening in 1981 the restaurant expanded and added space that allowed Mulligan's to host birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, and other events. On several occasions the restaurant hosted parties tied to Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions, Briggs said.

Through the years he got to know families who were regular customers. People kept in touch. Parents would bring in toddlers who grew up to be parents, and they brought their children.

"It was a great experience," he said. "We were all part of that."

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