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The former M.A. Selbert jewelry store, at 330 St. Clair St., will soon be the new home for Mortimer Bibb's Public House pub and restaurant, which is set to open February. (Jordan Hensley/The State Journal) 

Nearly a year ago, Frankfort residents Karl Lawrence and Kevin Newton announced plans to open a pub in downtown Frankfort by spring 2019.

Mortimer Bibb’s Public House, at 330 St. Clair St., did not open this year. After a reader asked when the business will open, Lawrence told The State Journal on Monday that he and Newton hope to open the restaurant in February.

“The building needed more restoration work than originally planned,” Lawrence said of the delay.

He said all of the major construction is now finished.

Mortimer Bibb’s Public House will be in the former M.A. Selbert jewelry store. Lawrence and Newton were inspired to open the restaurant after a trip to Ireland in early 2018.

The pub gets its name from attorney and U.S. Sen. George Mortimer Bibb, who moved to Frankfort in 1816 after representing Kentucky in the Senate from 1811 to 1814, according to the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress website.

Bibb was secretary of the treasury in the cabinet of President John Tyler from 1844 to 1845. Bibb died in Washington, D.C., in 1859 and was originally buried there, but his final resting place is in Frankfort Cemetery.

Lawrence told The State Journal in 2018 that Bibb’s Frankfort office was on Broadway Street, which is where Lawrence and Newton originally wanted the restaurant to be located, but the plans fell through.

Lawrence and Newton still plan to offer the famous Irish beer Guinness on tap as well as other European beer and liquor.

As for food, patrons can expect typical Irish pub grub of soups, stews, sandwiches, Shepherd’s pie and more.

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