Irish pub Fionn MacCool's shuts down in Fishers

December 17, 2009
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The Irish pub and restaurant Fionn MacCool's has closed. The hangout at 8211 116th St. in Fishers opened in October 2005 with an interior designed and constructed in Ireland. It offered more than 20 varieties of whiskey and 40 types of Scotch, along with standard pub fare such as shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage. Owners Bill and Michelle Mills announced the Dec. 16 closing with postings on Twitter and Facebook. "We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your patronage and dedication to Fionn MacCool's Irish Pub and Restaurant during the past four+ years," the owners wrote on the bar's Facebook page. "2009 has been a challenging year for most of us and it is with deep regret that we are not able to withstand the economic crisis and must close our business."

  • This is a sad day indeed.
    And I never was able to visit the restaurant. They have made an impact on the irish fest, which I looked forward to their food every year, but I wish I made it up there when I had the chance.

    It was just so far away from my place and wasn't convient for me to travel up to the north side to get good food such as Fiona's food
  • Just "ok"
    Went there a few months after it opened to eat dinner. Sat there for ten minutes and was never acknowledged-walked out. Went a with a group one other time for dinner, drinks- just "ok". There are reasons beyond the economy places close up.
  • Fionns treated bands GREAT!
    My band had the opportunity to play there a couple of years ago and they totally took care of us. They were very nice, fed us, and gave us a generous tab. They were polite and appreciative. To this day, that's been my favorite gig based on treatment of the band alone. Oh yeah, and the food was amazing!
  • Inevitable
    It was just a matter of time. It had character and wasn't a chain. This is Indiananpolis, where there is no demand for character or good, authentic food. People appear to just be content with their strip malls and chain restaurants.
    • Very sad
      What a sad surprise. Fionn MacCools had great food and always seemed busy. We've had many a fun evening in there, chatting with friends, listening to good music, enjoying the ambiance. Fionn and Nickel Plate are the cool Fishers watering holes. We'll miss 'em a lot!
    • A Great place that will be missed
      My family and I enjoyed the food, the music and the atmosphere. It was a great place for an enjoyable famliy meal that wasn't ridiculous microwaved chain restaurant food. Fionn's will be missed especially for those of us in Fishers. A sad day indeed.
    • Too Smokey
      I ate their twice. The first time I thought the food was great. But, the second time there were busy and lots of smokers in the bar. The smell of the cigarette smoke really bothered me. That was the last time I patronized Fionn MacCool's. I wonder how many others quit going there because of that.
    • Sad closing
      Loved this place, food, entertainment and drinks made it a fun atmosphere. Took group there last Fri, planned again next week. Now need another "kilt" alternative location.
    • gift cards
      this restaurant was frequently advertised by radio stations as a half price deal where you could buy a $50 card for $25. I suppose those are worthless now? wonder what the total outstanding was...
      • From Leprechaun Joe
        I was so excited to see a true Irish establishment in Fishers 4 yrs ago; have so enjoyed getting to know the principal owners, the Mills, and the staff of the Pub. I even had the honor of dedicating it as a "place of hospitality, where the spirits meet the Spirit". Always quality food, great ambience, fun bands, personal memories built, etc. My love and friendship abides with Bill and Michelle, the Pub Saff and a # of community persons who enjoyed Fionn MacCools as much as I have. Life is a great mystery and God is the Master Strategist; how shall the Irish of Fishers write yet- unknown new 'chapters' in this beautiful community? God bless and direct the steps of those who invested themselves the most in making Fionn MacCools such a delight for 4 beautiful years. With Love and Gratitude and Some Personal Grief Too, Pastor Joe Freeman
      • OH NOOOOO!
        Cannot say how much Fionn Mac's will be missed! It's a sad, sad day in Fishers...
      • Are they closed?
        So did they close their doors already? I went to their website and it doesn't say anything about being closed and there are even bands lined up for the next few weeks. I'd love to go there one more time if it is still open for a while. :(
      • sadly missed
        Many a happy memory was created at Fionn MacCool's! This was by far my favorite place to go for dinner and drinks with friends. We all loved the atmosphere, Irish food and great bands.
      • gift cards
        Yes, Don, I'm guessing I'm not going to be able to use the $500 worth I bought for $250 a couple weeks ago. :-( Like they say, when it seems to good to be true ...
        • so sad!
          I'm very sorry to see this great restaurant go, but like another posting said, people in Indy just seem to want chain restaurants and mediocre food. I'll miss the great food, service and ambience.
        • Our neighborhood pub...gone!
          Our family moved to Fishers from the Southside of Chicago. Fionn MacCools was OUR neighborhood pub. The highlight of our week (hey...we're working-class folk) was walking with our daughter the 0.8 mile to Fionns, to enjoy a pint or two, while our daughter sampled soda pop and ate Goldfish crackers. Fionns was family friendly, served good draft beer and cider, great whiskey offerings, tasty food and, most important to me, actually got to know their patrons. This place had character. Hey Bill Pemberton...let's us know where you go...we'll follow you there! Cheers to ye! SMR in Fishers.
        • Strip Mall Pub
          Not surprised to see a place like this not last. It never ceases to amaze me when people try to create character in the burbs.
        • Big Loss
          This may be hard to replace. Guess it's back to Applebee's
        • POLL
          In the land where the faceless vinyl village reigns supreme, which chain will replace Fionn McCool's?

          A. Applebee's
          B. BWs
          C. Panda Palace
          D. Chipotle

          Results of the poll will be revealed on Jan. 4. Thanks for playing.
        • Gift Certificates
          I have gift certificates that I attempted to use over the weekend and learned on arrival they were closed. Anyone know if there is anyway to get my money back?
          • I'd try...
            ...small claims court. Until how recently was this place selling gift certificates without notifying their patrons that they we're closing down? And don't blame the people of Indianapolis for not being able to appreciate non-chains, SA..... this place was in Fishers, not Indy. We don't claim it. And PS, it WAS in a strip mall....
          • Re:gift certificates
            If it is one of the half off radio certificates, call the radio station. The actual restaurants receive no money from the sale of those certificates. It all goes to the radio stations for 'advertising'. Funny how some of the certificates on their site never make the air.....

            Good luck to all those with gift certificates. I really hope you all can get some kind of resolution in this unfortunate situation!

            In regards to Fionn's, I went there once. Fried fish that was still frozen in the center, to which management basically told my party 'wasn't their problem'. Well, that was the last time we visited. Not because of the food mistake itself, but because of the attitude.
          • ingress/egress
            Poorly executed access will prevent most any "national" tenant from ever considering this site. Therefore, another less sophisticated, local operator will pounce on this opportunity, but only to find he/she has to deal with the same inherent issues related to the real estate...which can kill you every time if not well advised on how to overcome these detrimental obstacles.
          • I DO TOO
            I bought a gift card there for my parents' for christmas... imagine my surprise, christmas eve, to find out they are closed. If anyone knows how to redeem the money for the gift cards, plese let me know!
          • Too good?
            They had those deals for a long period of time, and my family and I made use of them several times. I feel for you and the loss of your money, but it would be wrong to suggest you were scammed.
          • Gift Certificates
            I once purchased a Half Offers certificate for another location that went out of business shortly afterward. I contacted Half Offers via their website, and they were more than happy to replace the original certificate with one from their current offers list. Give that a try!
          • Not a chain?
            You are all commenting that Fionn MacCools was not a chain. Hate to break it to you but like everything else in Indianapolis, it too was a chain.
            • Keri - Have you eaten there before?
              Hate to break it to you, but that wasn't even Fionn's menu. Fionn MacCool was an Irish folk hero, so it shouldn't be a surprise that there are lots of Irish restaurants with that name.

              FWIW, I always thought the place was fantastic!

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