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Irish Restaurant Slated to Replace Former Stage Deli

By Alan Neuhauser | March 13, 2013 12:26pm

MIDTOWN — Bangers and mash could replace triple-decker pastrami this summer when an Irish eatery moves into the former site of one of Midtown's legendary delis, sources tell DNAinfo.com New York.

The as-yet-unnamed restaurant, owned by a trio of New York City pub and restaurant owners, is taking the place of the former Stage Deli on Seventh Avenue near West 54th Street. The famed restaurant served its last triple-decker sandwich in December after 75 years of head-to-head competition with Carnegie Deli just one block north.

"We are putting in a high-end pub and restaurant," one of the restaurant's owners, Sean Fitzpatrick, said as he stood outside Stage Deli's shuttered doors. "A top-class pub and deli."

Fitzpatrick and his partners own McGee's, Oldcastle and The Irish Pub, each mere steps from their new venture, a person familiar with the restaurant deal said. He added that the establishment will be "more restaurant-based" compared to the trio's other pubs.

The property, owned by White Plains-based Acadia Realty Trust, was largely gutted following Stage Deli's closure. Fitzpatrick said he and his partners hope to open their new restaurant by July.