Monthly Archives: May 2012

24 05, 2012

Why Facebook could prove to be the Irish publican’s best ‘friend’

A rapidly changing but recession-hit bar sector is finding that use of social media is as vital as a pint of plain in staying a step ahead WHAT has Willie O’Dea’s moustache and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook got to do with running a hugely successful pub in the recession? […]

24 05, 2012

Why Facebook could prove to be the Irish publican's best 'friend'

A rapidly changing but recession-hit bar sector is finding that use of social media is as vital as a pint of plain in staying a step ahead WHAT has Willie O’Dea’s moustache and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook got to do with running a hugely successful pub in the recession? […]

24 05, 2012

Legendary Hollywood Pub Where Kiefer Sutherland Once Romanced Julia Roberts Gets a Rebirth

Irish drinking den Tom Bergin’s has been revived by the team behind Dominick’s and Little Dom’s following a shutdown for extensive renovation work. Tom Bergin’s, an Irish tavern that first opened in 1936 and has been at the same location for 63 years (and looked it), is now back in action following a serious seven-month scrubbing and faithful décor and menu update by new owner Warner Ebbink and his chef Brandon Boudet. […]

24 05, 2012

Ireland’s ever more connected diaspora

The Chapel of St. Basil at St. Thomas University in Houston. The college, a growing center for Irish studies, is named after St. Thomas Aquinas. Each day, the Irish diaspora, rejuvenated by a new wave of emigrants, is becoming ever more connected even as its members disperse to every corner of the globe. The benefits of the internet in connecting the Irish abroad with Ireland, and each other, has been well documented with the likes of Facebook and Skype now having important roles in the lives of Irish families. […]

23 05, 2012

Irish pub coming to former Station House

Residents soon should be able to experience authentic Irish cuisine and brew without having to pay for a trip to Ireland. Resident Thomas O’Dowd, a kerryman himself, is just about ready to open the doors of the pub in the former Station House restaurant and pub at 11 Fourth St. The space is being reconfigured inside to provide an authentic atmosphere similar to the small eateries and watering holes typically found in Ireland. […]

22 05, 2012

Fannon Talks of Protecting Businesses and Rights of Property Owners

Alexandria City Councilman Frank Fannon (R) kicked off his re-election campaign Thursday night at Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub in Old Town, saying that serving as an elected official in his hometown “has been the greatest honor of my life.” Fannon, one of three Republicans running for City Council, spoke of protecting the health of businesses and the rights property owners. […]

21 05, 2012

Griffins of Kinsale is Open for Business

After hearing from Patch readers that Griffins of Kinsale had a packed house Thursday night, I stopped by the pub Friday afternoon to check out the scene. Owner Joe Griffin confirmed: South Pasadena's Irish pub is officially open for business. Hours of operation are still in the works. Expect the place to open around 3:30 p.m. over the next couple weeks while the staff wrinkles out the kinks. After that, the goal is to open around 11:30 a.m. As for closing time, it'll be "what the people want," said Griffin. On Thursday, it closed around 1 a.m. And yes, kids are allowed. They just can't come up to the bar. Source: southpasadena.patch.com

18 05, 2012

Coakley’s Restaurant & Irish Pub

Around the corner, Coakley’s Restaurant & Irish Pub keeps busy with events and specials throughout the week. A few weeks ago, I told you about its Bloody Mary contest, which is now in its final stages. Visit Coakley’s this weekend and ask to take part in the judging. Meanwhile, with ample new food and drink discounts, you can make any visit worthwhile. Sunday features an area classic: Yuengs & Wings. Yuengling Lager pints are $2, plus get a bucket of wings for $9.95 all day. Mondays are crab nights at Coakley’s. Get steamed blue crabs during happy hour: 1 for $3.99, three for $10.99 or six for $17.99 every Monday while supplies and the season last. Hard shell crabs wash down well with Shocktop; pints are just $3. Troegs & Tacos night are each Tuesday. Get $3 Troegs pints and two [...]

15 05, 2012

New Irish pub coming to Montague Street, The Custom House

When long-time Montague Street mainstay, Italian eatery La Traviata closed in November of 2011, Brooklyn Heights residents wondered what would take up shop at 139 Montague Street.  Brooklyn Heights residents need not wonder any longer.  The Custom House, an Irish gatro pub, is expected to open its doors between Clinton Street and Henry Street soon. In the past few weeks, 139 Montague Street has been undergoing renovations.  The La Traviata sign was taken town to reveal an old Hebrew National sign.  Since that time, The Custom House signage has gone up. No opening date has been revealed for The Custom House.  Once it does open, it will be interesting to see whether a gastro pub can be successful on sleepy Montague Street.  There is already a successful Irish pub further South on Montague Street, Eamonn's.  But Eamonn's is close to [...]

14 05, 2012

Scotch Plains New Irish Pub Needs a Name: You Decide

Two years ago, five Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School graduates came together with the dream of creating a place where friends and family could come together to eat, drink and be merry. This summer, 450 Park Avenue will once again come alive as that dream is realized. The new local business will combine family friendly dining with the rousing atmosphere of a classic Irish Pub. As the new downtown hot spot prepares to open its doors, co-owners Michael Brennan and Joe Mortarulo want you to vote in the poll to decide what to name Scotch Plains’ newest pub. Patch met with the two local residents to get an exclusive preview of the new pub that will seat 60 in the dining area and 30 in the bar. As of now, the pub is about 75 percent completed and is slated to [...]