A snippit of their statement . . .
"For the past 150+ years the various businesses and operators at 500 Westport Road have had no affiliation with slavery. We want to be transparent about our building's history without celebrating the past atrocities that occurred here. We are eager to learn more about the best way to do this. We have started by covering a plaque hung inside Kelly's that was dedicated to Albert Boone . . . Our father and grandfather, Randal Kelly, came to the US from Ireland in 1926 in search of a better life. In 1947, Randal began bartending at the building. He called this Irish Pub “the poor man’s playground” where people of all walks could gather.
Then and always, Kelly’s is committed to honoring the Irish phrase posted above our door: Failte – "Welcome.” And that goes for everyone."
Recent protests in front of Kelly's Westport Inn have caused a discussion in the community around the bar's history, specifically that it once kept slaves in the basement in the 1800's. The owners of the bar put out a statement, sharing a desire to to shine the bright lights on systemic racism and on the racial injustices that occurred in or near the building.