When the parents of Rich and Cora Flynn would come down from New England to visit years ago, the siblings made sure to bring them to one of their favorite bars, J. Patrick's Pub in Locust Point.
“It was a warm, inviting place to hang out,” Rich said recently.
Although few would say J. Patrick's was much to look at from the outside, the interior was filled with life, thanks to live performers playing traditional Irish music and a welcoming vibe established by many neighborhood regulars. Joe Patrick Byrne, the longtime owner who died in 2012, lived above the bar.
The closing of J. Patrick's in early 2013 led to a question with no obvious response: How do you replace a...