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Doolins of North Carolina
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IT’S NO SECRET TO EVERY PUB OWNER OUT THERE THAT THE BEST TIME TO OPEN YOUR PUB IS CLOSE TO ST PATRICK’S DAY. THAT IS WHAT OWNERS ERIC BURCHFIELD AND ROBERT BEECH DID WITH DOOLINS IRISH PUB & CAFÉ IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH OPENED ON THE 16TH MARCH, A DAY BEFORE THE MAIN EVENT.
According to Doolins bar manager David Nugent “People relate to the name and its one which is pretty recognizable to most Americans who travel to Ireland. Hopefully people will see the name and be reminded of their trip to Doolin”. For those not in the know, Doolin is a small fishing village off the coast of County Clare, Ireland, which is famous for its traditional music and its proximity to the Cliffs of Moher.
In the short space of a month, Doolins has established itself as a welcoming and vibrant location. Live music brought the crowds in last Friday and Saturday night courtesy of Jordan Okrend and Garland Mason respectively. Doolins have plenty more acts to follow in the coming weeks, with a trad session in place for Sunday afternoons.
The pub already has larger aspirations, promoting itself through eye catching t-shirts available to punters for $15, however, David points out that the pub relies on its independence for its success; “around here, it is mostly all chain-bars and chain restaurants, so people around here are quite happy to see an independent pub and restaurant open in their community. We’re getting good support.”
It maybe early days yet, but Doolins hopes to run a quiz night in the near future and plans are already being made to hold a beer festival further down the line.
Doolins serves a number of Irish themed dishes including Guinness battered fish sandwich, corned beef rolls, Burren salmon bites and corned beef and cabbage along with a number of Irish drinks, including Guinness.
Doolins is open between 11 a.m. to 12 midnight Sunday to Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. You can find both their website here, along with theirFacebook page here. For more information, call (919) 908-9233