Danny O on the downtown Shelton bar's closing: It was a great run

The old marquee sign for the now-closed Downtown Danny O’s in Shelton.
The old marquee sign for the now-closed Downtown Danny O’s in Shelton.

Danny Orazietti said Downtown Danny O’s had a good run. The well-known bar in downtown Shelton has closed.

“We sold it,” Orazietti said on Saturday morning. “We shut it last week and are clearing out inventory.”

He said the partnership that has purchased the business is expected to reopen it as a restaurant and bar, with perhaps more of an emphasis on food.

“They should do well,” Orazietti said.

The Oraziettis — Danny and his brother, Dave, who are both Shelton natives — will continue to own the three-story brick building on Howe Avenue that houses the former Downtown Danny Os.

“It’s fortunate that we own the property,” Danny Orazietti said.

Original Danny O’s still open

In addition, the original Danny O’s Bar & Grille on River Road, farther south on Route 110 in Shelton, remains very much in business.

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In fact, Danny Orazietti said that WPLR-FM will be doing a live St. Patrick’s Day event at the original Danny O’s location on River Road.

Dave Orazietti primarily ran the Downrown Danny O’s while Danny Orazietti focuses on the original Danny O’s Bar & Grille.

The night before Thanksgiving

Danny Orazietti said he has many fond memories of the downtown bar, which he and his brother purchased, refurbished and renamed 13 years ago.

“It was a great place,” he said.

Orazietti said he remembers some of the big crowds the place would attract on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, when many younger people would return to the area and spend a night out with friends while in town to be with their families for the holiday.

“It was probably the most popular place in the Valley for that night,” Orazietti said.

St. Patrick’s Day crowds

Another big day for the former downtown establishment was St. Patrick’s Day, when parking lots in the central business district would overflow with patrons heading to the downtown bar with the most obvious Irish connection.

After all, it’s landmark vertical marguee sign in front features a shamrock and its second-floor event space was called the Green Room.

Danny Orazietti said the sale of the downtown business will allow his brother Dave to focus more on his real estate business, which was his desire.