Blimey! Brit Pub Going Into Former Swanky Bubbles Space

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The new joint will have beer. Photo: Collin Keefe

And so ends the sad saga of Swanky Bubbles, the outmoded , late-nineties holdover in Old City that Spike TV show Bar Rescue tried its darnedest to resuscitate last year. The Insider reports that the space, which has been dark since November 2011 — that’s just seven months after bar-rescuer Jon Taffer and crew rechristened the place Sheer — is set become Brit pub The Victoria Freehouse. Perry Golia, who owns Haddonfield, NJ’s British Chip Shop, is teaming with Tria alum Edward Strojan to bring it to life. They’re shooting for a March opening. Oddly enough, in spite of being named the America’s worst Irish bar, and a mountain of other tax and financial woes, Downey’s, which received the Bar Rescue a week before Swanky Bubbles, is still in action. [Insider]

Earlier: Say So Long to Swanky Bubbles