Something is up at Finnigan's Wake, the sprawling Irish pub that for 17 years has been a gateway to Northern Liberties at Third and Spring Garden Streets.

It's been open only infrequently on recent weekends and for private parties and is being prepped for a sale, according to people close to the restaurant.

It had been listed for $3.9 million.

Settlement is expected within six weeks, and the prospective buyer - an investment group - has not disclosed to my sources what the future is for the former casket factory.

Finnigan's - whose colorful Spring Garden Street facade resembles a block of shops - has long been a political hangout, given that the managing partner is Mike Driscoll, a candidate for state representative.