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Over two decades, Rula Bula became known as a gathering space, whether for students celebrating a football game or companies hosting Christmas parties. After that, he plans to search for the right developer or restaurant group to continue the legacy of Rula Bula.

The cottage roof is gone, the dark grey flagstone floor sits stacked up outside on the patio strewn with boxes. One key element was the floor, made from Liscannor Flagstone, a type of stone streaked with fossils from the sea floor only found off the western coast of Ireland. Authenticity, community and a lot of Guinness: Tempe's Rula Bula is gone. As a nod to the history of the space, horse supplies decorated the back of the bar and the dining room was named after the famous Irish racehorse, Arkle.

How the pub became a community gathering space

Goumas hung a big screen on the patio for the official message from the Marine Corps Commandant each year. Goumas asked the man if everything was OK. The floor brought back a memory, he said, from when he was 4 years old, standing barefoot in his grandmother's cottage in Connemara, Ireland.

Goumas, who is American, spent years studying what made Irish pubs work in Ireland and how that success could translate to the U. Then he literally wrote the book on running an Irish pub in the United States. On the bar's closing weekend, former staff members, students and regulars traveled from all over the country for one last pint of Guinness and a meal at the pub, Goumas said.

More than just the loss of a restaurant and bar, Goumas said closing Rula Bula feels like shutting down a piece of Tempe's soul. That was the goal because the historic pubs in Ireland are there for or years," he said.

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As some longstanding businesses are replaced with apartment buildings and high-rises, Goumas said the city is losing it's soul. Community was always part of the draw at Rula Bula, Goumas said. Now, Goumas' focus is on saving as much of the bar as possible, because after the end of the month, whatever's on site becomes the landlord's property. Tillman was a regular at Rula Bula, Goumas said.

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He hadn't recalled the memory until that moment inside Rula Bula. After Tillman's death, Goumas noticed groups of friends buying pints and leaving them, untouched, on the table after they left. The first year, he remembers 10 or 15 people came. Another draw was the food. After studying two pubs in Georgia and one in Connecticut, Goumas decided authenticity and quality would be the keys to success. Share your feedback to help improve our site! A new landlord, a hike in rent and then a new tenant leasing the space resulted in Goumas packing every inch of the pub into a foot container.

The bar is packed up. Facebook Twitter. He credits the quality of the food for growing the pub's base of regulars. Other Phoenix restaurants closing: Schmear, Bandera and Nicantoni's Pizza among those shuttering their doors.

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Tirion Morris Arizona Republic. He usually rode a beat-up bicycle that he parked out front. Tillman left the NFL to enroll in the U. Army and was killed in a friendly-fire incident while deployed in Afghanistan. So Goumas bought a cake and set out some food. And he plans to save every last detail. Fish and chips were the most popular dish, Goumas said, followed by Shepherds Pie made with turnips, parsnips and scratch-made mashed potatoes.

After finding the Andre Building which was originally a saddle shop, he let its history guide his vision. But recently, after 20 years in business, the pub was forced to close. Events grew organically from a few friends gathering for fish and chips to evenings that packed the house. Then he followed his own advice and ran Rula Bula for more than 20 years.

Legend has it Arkle's racing success came down to the two pints of Guinness he'd consume in his food daily — the perfect anecdote to tell at an Irish pub.

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A lot of them would bring their parents here, which I found personally gratifying, because to me, it said we are more than just a place we go to get drunk. Thank you for subscribing. Among the flashy college bars and clubs, he said Rula Bula was something real.

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Next to the dining room sat "the cottage. It was one by far, selling more than double anyone else, according to Guinness beer distributor Crescent Crown. The next year, the event grew to 35, then The biggest year, Marines packed Rula Bula to celebrate and commemorate. The birthday is an important celebration when Marines stationed all around the world pay tribute to the history and mission of the Corps and honor the oldest and youngest Marines in attendance. The longtime Tempe pub sold kegs of the Irish dry stout per year, which breaks down to about 3, pints every month, the distributor confirmed.

Goumas hopes to find a new home for Rula Bula, once he figures out how to sell a pub that had to close down. Families would drive from Peoria, Gilbert and the far North Valley for a plate of Gaelic chicken made with mushrooms sauteed in whiskey and cream.

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Students would stop in to fill up before a night on Mill Avenue. Goumas has until the end of June to move out of the space Rula Bula called home for the last 20 years. Reach the reporter at tirion. Graduating students would bring their families to the pub for a meal, Goumas said, which was something he took pride in. They were proud of the place," Goumas said. She opened the location in Mill Avenue was hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic, Henderson said, and longstanding businesses struggled to hang on.

Rula Bula sold more Guinness than any other pub, bar or restaurant in Arizona.

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Pale yellow walls with a painted map of Ireland are the last clue the space was once an Irish pub. With Rula Bula's closure, it has moved online. This premium content is made possible because of your continued support of local journalism. After choosing Tempe as a location, Goumas searched the rapidly modernizing bar and nightlife district for a historic location. Furniture is pushed to the front corner so workers can finish stripping carved wood panels from the walls.

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The rest of the bar will be carefully wedged into a storage container so that it might be recreated one day. Later they explained those pints were for Pat. The Pints for Pat program grew to raise thousands of dollars a year. The Mill Avenue pub served students from nearby Arizona State University, alumni who came back for football games and graduation ceremonies, Valley locals and tourists from around the world.

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He came here as a customer to meet his friends and hang out," Goumas said. But its legacy lives on. Honoring service members became ingrained with the character of the pub. He helped develop a course, called the Guinness Irish Pub Concept University, where potential pub owners could learn how to run a Guinness pub and then work with Goumas' consulting company to train bar managers. So we have kept true to that.

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