KENILWORTH, NJ -- The iconic Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub (651 North Michigan Ave., Kenilworth) has closed. 

The announcement that the pub, known for its "delicious, authentic Irish fare (served) in an atmosphere that has something for everyone," has been shut was made by Kenilworth Councilman Mark David on July 19:

With a deadline of next week, I have directed our Borough attorney to contact the owner in Delaware, and that absent prompt action, that Borough will clean up the property and instill a tax lien against the property. 

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Residents may be aware that the tavern's activities were subject to conditions and the failure to pay their license fees resulted in their closing. We expect taverns and all business operations to be good neighbors. 

The pub's last social media post was June 27 on Facebook. A phone call to the pub's phone number (908) 687-3311 yielded a message that the number has been "temporarily disconnected."