CELEBRATING 21 YEARS! THANK YOU GAINESVILLEDurty Nelly's doors opened in September 1994 after many months of blood, sweat and cold beers! It was a labor of love, and a gamble, but one that has paid off for almost 22 years.Gabriel and Shauna Dixon, Nelly's owners, immigrated from Ireland in 1986, leaving family and friends behind in search of adventure and opportunity. At that time there were many of their peers leaving a country that was experiencing a very tough economy and many made the decision to leave. Some would return but many never did.Both Gabriel and Shauna were employed in the Bloodstock Industy (horses) in Ireland and continued in the same field on arriving in the US. To this day Gabriel is still very involved and is well known figureboth nationally and internationally on the Racing, breeding and training scene.In the early 90's Gabriel's brother Bernard, joined him in Florida with a dream to open an Irish Pub together. They spent many months searching for the perfect location. Sadly and tragically the dream was shattered when his brother died unexpectedly. Determined to honor his wishes Gabriel continued the search and found a gem, with all the charm of a pub similar to one they would have shared many a pint in at home and dedicated it to the memory of Bernard. Nelly's has seen her share of life's ups and downs over the years. Customers have come and gone and come back again. Hosting weddings, wakes and many interesting events, the people that have crossed our threshold bring with them unique stories, personalities and hearts and everyone of them a huge part of our family and home away from homethat is fondly known to all simply as, Nelly's.