Monthly Archives: May 2012

14 05, 2012

Flanagan’s stock rises with bread

It is a recipe that Flanagan’s Restaurant and Pub owner John Giokaris learned while attending Ohio State University from 1958 to 1961, and it creates one of the best breads in Fort Wayne. “My family owned three restaurants in Columbus and a baker they had from Germany taught it to me,” Giokaris said. That bread plays a part in more than 25 items on his restaurant’s gigantic menu, Giokaris estimated, and it makes the best garlic bread I have ever eaten. It is thick, soft and airy, and just a little sweet, and it also makes one of this town’s best grilled cheese sandwiches. But it is not just that magical bread Flanagan’s is churning out. All of the breads and buns but one – the rye – are made in house by longtime baker Carla Keys, who also does [...]

14 05, 2012

Shenanigan’s takes home ‘green’ honor

Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grille was just named a Maryland Green Travel Partner, a recognition from the state of restaurants in the tourism industry that are following responsible environmental practices. / LAURA EMMONS FILE Ocean City's best-known Irish bar is being celebrated for its commitment to being green, but it's got nothing to do with the Emerald Isle. Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grille was just named a Maryland Green Travel Partner, a recognition from the state of restaurants in the tourism industry that are following responsible environmental practices. The pub's participation in the self-reporting process stemmed from the efforts of bar manager Evan Hunt. Hunt said he travels in the winter to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and after seeing its environmental practices, like a ban on plastic baggies and avid recycling, he wanted to bring that sustainable [...]

14 05, 2012

Shenanigan's takes home 'green' honor

Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grille was just named a Maryland Green Travel Partner, a recognition from the state of restaurants in the tourism industry that are following responsible environmental practices. / LAURA EMMONS FILE Ocean City's best-known Irish bar is being celebrated for its commitment to being green, but it's got nothing to do with the Emerald Isle. Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grille was just named a Maryland Green Travel Partner, a recognition from the state of restaurants in the tourism industry that are following responsible environmental practices. The pub's participation in the self-reporting process stemmed from the efforts of bar manager Evan Hunt. Hunt said he travels in the winter to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and after seeing its environmental practices, like a ban on plastic baggies and avid recycling, he wanted to bring that sustainable [...]

14 05, 2012

Gathering to promote Ireland all next year

Top: launching The Gathering at Dublin Castle yesterday, and, above, "James Joyce" played by Stephen Rinn, Jenny McGuire, Jenny Redmond and "Bono" played by Hugh Tooch, at the launch of the event which is encouraging some of the 70 million Irish diaspora to visit. Photographs: Cyril Byrne A TOURISM initiative to entice people with Irish connections to visit next year will help lift Ireland out of recession, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Announcing details of The Gathering at Dublin Castle yesterday, he urged everyone to engage with the Irish diaspora and invite people to visit the country in 2013. The Gathering, he said, aimed to bring 325,000 extra tourists here next year. The thinking behind the initiative, which came out of the first Global Irish Economic Forum in Farmleigh in 2009, is to develop links with the Irish [...]

14 05, 2012

New South Pasadena Irish pub promises food, beer and community

Joseph Griffin tells the story Friday of the 110-year-old bar he picked up in Cincinnati and the drive home on Route 66 to his Irish pub, Griffins of Kinsale, on Mission Street in South Pasadena. (Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff Photographer) Before landing in the city's new and first-ever authentic Irish pub, owner Joe Griffin's 110-year-old mahogany bar traveled down historic Route 66 all the way from Cincinnati, OH. Channeling the Americans who traveled west during the 1930s and also his great-great grandfather's migration to Canada during the Irish Potato Famine, Griffin's journey to opening his new business was both emotional and physical. "The whole thing has been a lot of memories," Griffin said. Though Griffins of Kinsale, 1007 Mission St., has no opening date set, Griffin said it could be any day now. The Montreal native said he [...]

11 05, 2012

The Gathering 2013

The historic Saint Patrick's Hall in Dublin Castle provided the perfect backdrop this morning for an Taoiseach, Enda Kenny to officially launch The Gathering 2013, an exciting Diaspora driven tourism initiative for 2013. Tourism Ireland are driving the event and their reach to the 75 million Irish Diaspora will have a telling impact on the success of the initiative. We, Irish Pubs Global are working hard to develop the first ever Irish Pubs Global Gathering for late Autumn in Dublin. This will be a truly unique gathering that will bring Irish pub owners and managers from around the world together with the pub owners and managers in Ireland. As we develop the Irish Pubs Global Gathering, we wish to gather as much input from you as possible. What do you want to see, hear and take from a two and [...]

11 05, 2012

Ferguson’s Irish Pub ready to reopen

Ferguson's Irish Pub in downtown Honolulu will reopen on Friday, May 11, after an extensive renovation to its space in the historic Dillingham Transportation Building. The owners of Ferguson’s Irish Pub plan to reopen the downtown Honolulu watering hole Friday afternoon after an extensive renovation of the space in the historic Dillingham Transportation Building. Owners Don Murphy of Murphy’s Bar & Grill and J.J. Niebuhr and Danny Dolan of J.J. Dolan's, who bought the pub last fall after founder John Ferguson died, had originally planned on reopening Ferguson’s by St. Patrick’s Day, the remodeling was took longer than originally planned. Contractors on the project included Oregon Home Construction, Greenleaf Woodworks and Kieselbach Woodworks. Workers this week put the finishing touches on the pub, which Murphy said will reopen at 4 p.m. on Friday, just in time for pau hana, or happy hour.

10 05, 2012

Irish Business Solutions – Giving opportunities to Irish workers in the US

Brendan Barry, CEO Irish Business Solutions Inc For Irish citizens looking to come to the United States to work in the hospitality industry, things are not always easy. There are complicated procedures involved in setting oneself up Stateside, and often the availability of jobs is under-advertised. Now, however, a new business is intent on harnessing the enthusiasm of Irish workers and placing them in job markets all around America. Irish Business Solutions, based out of Arlington, Virginia, is the vision of its president, Co. Waterford native Brendan Barry. Originally immersed in the software industry, Barry stumbled upon the idea for his company after a visit to a conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. “I couldn’t believe the hardships bar and restaurant managers went through to get good quality Irish talent,” Barry says. “It was always [...]

10 05, 2012

Irish pub owners again looking to replace The Real Jerk

The Real Jerk restaurant on Queen Street East. The restaurant is moving after a lengthy battle with its landlord. After The Real Jerk announced Tuesday that it will move out of 709 Queen Street East, the owners of the Irish pub that had been planned as its replacement say they are close to moving in again. Rick Aulier and Scott Brockington had originally signed an agreement with the building’s landlord, Bill Mandelbaum, to become its new tenant on Feb. 1 and open An Sibin Irish Pub. But Mr. Mandelbaum’s attempts to evict Real Jerk owner Ed Pottinger spiraled into a protracted legal battle, prompting Mr. Aulier to call off the deal. “We were out,” he said. “Things dragged on and we didn’t like what was happening over there so we decided we would try and make a change. [...]

9 05, 2012

On tap at James Joyce Irish Pub

SURPRISE INSIDE: James Joyce’s standard Ybor patio belies the homey atmosphere of the old-timey Irish pub within. - Chip Weiner There’s something magical about an Irish pub, even here in the U.S. where the original concept and purpose of a real village public house is largely meaningless thanks to our consumer culture and drive-by habits. But still, no matter who thinks their nation does the pub the best, Americans associate cozy drinking with the Emerald Isle. And not-so-cozy drinking, if St. Patrick’s Day is any indication. The James Joyce Irish Pub has taken over the former home of the (for many) much-missed Mema’s Alaskan Tacos, in a lovely little clay-shingled Ybor building with a small patio. Owner Ryan Gougeon, however, was not content to settle on mere Ybor history for a setting. Now, instead of loud music reverberating [...]