Yes, the bar remains, but has been refinished.

Lovers of the old Molly Brannigan's (they've added an ') should not fear the remodeling that was done and is open to the public this Thursday.

"A lot of people were afraid we were going to totally redo it," said publicist Anne Lewis of Red Letter Hospitality, which recently purchased the Irish pub. "But we've kept most of what people remember and love."

Yes, that bar from Ireland is still there but has been refinished, as has every other wooden surface. The floor in the front area has new tile. The walls are a lighter color "to brighten things up" Lewis said.

They moved the large beam that separated the front from the back lower levels to the upper level, framing a smaller opening and giving more privacy to that area, which they've renamed the Shebeen, the Irish word for "speakeasy." The Shebeen can be rented out for parties and has its own bar and list of cocktails.

The new menus retained some Irish favorites but updated it to include several trendy bowls, indulgent entrees and apps, and an "Express" lunch menu is available for folks who just want something a little lighter and quick mid-day. 

In another nod to the bar's origins, the room behind the fireplace has been renamed the Dungarvan Room, after the town in Ireland where Molly's original owner, John Melody, grew up. 

The really cool changes are on the cocktail menu, which offers about 15 options we wanted to try right then, but we settled on just one for research purposes: a Four Leaf, made with cucumber vodka, elderflower liquor, lime juice, simple syrup and topped with Prosecco. You get the picture.