Member Milestone Celebration ~ Kelly’s Irish Pub

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce held a Member Milestone Celebration on Thursday, September 5 at Kelly’s Irish Pub. The event featured an Open House Celebration for guests to see the changes and updates that have taken place over the last year that Kelly’s has been open. The historic and iconic property located at 498 Exchange Street, was formerly known as Gallagher’s Irish Pub, a downtown favorite for 28 years.

After moving to Geneva from Auburn five years ago, owners Bob Buckley and Julie Gentile stated that after visiting and becoming patrons at Gallagher’s, they had felt like found a new home. Bob and Julie decided to reopen the pub after it closed in 2018 with a new name. With a strong foundation of local followers, the two “built” Kelly’s Irish Pub on the foundation that Gallagher’s had created. The actual construction and updates that took place included renovations to the bar, floors, walls and more, while keeping the heart of the pub intact. At the Open House Celebration they shared stories of the renovations, including finding architectural gems such as hidden windows that customers can enjoy today as they walk in, noting the natural light above the front doors. Bob and Julie have shared that many of the regulars have returned and are happy to see Kelly’s carrying on a Geneva legacy.

The Open House took place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, and in addition to refreshments and property tours, the event featured remarks by Chamber, BID, and City officials, while also providing guests with the opportunity to meet the owners.

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, membership-based organization that focuses on promoting and representing its member businesses and organizations. As a primary benefit of Membership, the Chamber generates awareness and provides exposure for its members by promoting the people, property, products and services of each. Member Milestone Celebrations are one of the most popular examples of member programs that businesses take advantage of. The celebrations can include anniversaries, grand openings or relocation-based open houses.

For more information on Milestone Celebrations or other Chamber programs and business benefits that are a part of membership, please call the Chamber team at (315) 789-1776, visit or email

See below photos from the event, courtesy of Dan Bell.