After the Flood
Businesses reopen at South U and Forest
by Sally Mitani
From the July, 2014 issue
The entire southwest corner of South U and Forest shut down in mid-December when a pipe burst in a second-floor office. In mid-April, the Blue Leprechaun and its related underground bar, the Study Hall Lounge, opened again. Manager Mike Gradillas said "everything has been completely redone"--in fact, not only redone, but basically duplicated. And no one lost their jobs: "insurance covered the essential employees," and the "non-essential" waiters were shuffled over to the Brown Jug, also owned by Perry Porikos.
The Study Hall is used mostly for special events but is open to the public Thursday through Saturday late at night if nothing else is booked.
Bubble Island reopened around the same time. In early June, Saigon Garden was still closed. Nothing much seemed to be going on in the space, but David Lord, director of leasing for A.F. Jonna Development & Management Company, which owns the building, says the restaurant is planning to reopen.
Bubble Island, 1220 South University, 222-9013. Sun. noon-2 a.m., Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. no website.
Blue Leprechaun, 1220 South University, 665-7777, Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. noon-2 a.m. theblueleprechaun.com. Study Hall Lounge, Thurs.-Sat. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. studyhalllounge.com
[Originally published in July, 2014.]