Downingtown is looking a little greener these days, thanks to the recent arrival of a hand-crafted bar and shop front from County Waterford , Ireland. The arrival of the container was cause for celebration for Conor Cummins and Declan Mannion, the two “publicans” who own and operate the Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurants and Pubs.
The third location of the popular Irish pub is scheduled to open in the first week of August, in the historic Minquas Firehouse in the center of the borough. Extensive renovations are underway, and Conor gave me the grand tour as construction workers moved full steam ahead. At 17,000 square feet, the Downingtown restaurant will be almost twice as large as their Phoenixville location.
Conor and Declan were thrilled with the arrival of the bar and shop front, as it marked another milestone in their efforts to, as Conor said with a grin, “bring 365 days of Ireland to Downingtown.” They’ve been working with Minquas Fire Company, the borough, and others since 2008. Conor noted that Minquas Fire Chief Jim Miller has been particularly helpful during the five year transition. Minquas Fire Company recently moved to new facilities a few blocks away.
The new Molly Maguire’s in Downingtown will be modeled after a high-end Victorian bar. Inside the front door will be a vestibule leading to the first floor bar and restaurant, which is an expansive space. “Since it’s a historic district, we wanted to retain the feel,” Conor explained. The restaurant will also pay tribute to the fire company which once resided there, with firefighting memorabilia on several of the walls. A stage for live music will also feature a traditional fireman’s pole. Bands are expected to play on Friday and Saturday nights.
Molly Maguire’s received over 800 applications for positions and will be employing approximately 60 people when the restaurant opens. The management staff has been hired already. Phase two of the project, which is expected to be finished in the fall of 2014, includes a massive banquet hall that can seat up to 200 peopleRead More
After years of planning and a few bumps along the way, a taste of Ireland has finally arrived in Great Falls. The Celtic Cowboy has opened its doors and is ready to serve the Electric City.
The pub had its soft opening last Friday and plans a big grand opening this weekend. The construction was part of a downtown restoration and the building is the oldest commercial spot in Great Falls. The entire atmosphere of the pub comes from a very special Irish word meant to embody the spirit of community, Craic.
Most of the word work in the building comes from either Ireland or England. There is a full Irish-inspired food menu from an excellent chef and a line-up of beers, some brewed especially for the Celtic Cowboy. Within the next year, a hotel will open above the pub.Read More
Since 1965, the Cairn Croft or “the Croft” as it became to be known as, located inside the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel on Lundy’s Lane was a gathering place for the over 30 crowd in Niagara Falls. It was the place to go for locals and regulars to relax, have a drink, play pool, and maybe even engage in a little karaoke in a laid-back adult setting. As one of Niagara Fall’s oldest hotel bars, it had already established itself as staple to the tourist laden street of Lundy’s Lane, and drew in both familiar faces and new customers every day. Now, almost exactly a month from its opening date, the all-new Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub has replaced the Cairn Croft in order to revamp the setting into something else entirely. Lisa Smith, the Director of Marketing and Sales at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel told the Niagara Falls Review that ”We appreciate all the loyal customers that we’ve had over the years, but we felt that we needed to expand and get something fresh and new to get a more all-around clientele”. And renovate they did! The decor is completely unrecognizable with its Irish flair (built entirely in Ireland and shipped to Niagara Falls). Doc Magilligan’s is still owned by Cairn Croft brothers Len and Fred Cade, so some things remain the same – but that’s where the similarities end. Fred’s wife, Maureen Cade, is the inspiration behind the new namesake. Maureen’s great great grandfather, “Doc Magilligan” was a beloved Irish doctor known both for his nurturing care and his fun-loving attitude at the local pubs around town. It was fitting to honor his name through this new establishment.
The restaurant is 5,500 square feet and everything from the moment you step inside is Irish. Not only the decor, but the full food and drink menu is also Irish-inspired. While local brews and Niagara wines will also be readily available, you can expect to see Guinness, Smithwick’s, Kilkenny and Harp on tap and some good ol’ fashioned British food like “Shepherd’s Pie” and “Banger’s and Mash” for starters!
Corporate parties and groups are welcome at Doc Magilligan’s with seating for 270 and a capacity for 300 patrons. In addition, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons, there is always live entertainment!Read More
Locals and visitors looking for a friendly exchange and great entertainment inNiagara Falls, ON have always headed to the Croft Lounge at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. A much-patronized fixture since 1965, over the years the Lounge has seen its share of changes. None, however, as extensive or exciting as its upcoming transformation, set to be unveiled in December 2013, as Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub. Having so many great and loyal customers, we know that you will love this fresh change!
Doc Magilligan’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, evening entertainment, sports, nightlife- a new friendly and local spot for everyone to enjoy together.
So who is Doc Magilligan?
Doc Magilligan, the Pub’s namesake, was great, great grandfather to Maureen Magilligan Cade- Managing Owner. Now, as the story goes, our good Doctor didn’t want for a share of the ole’ legendary Irish charm. Admired for his nurturing care when he made his rounds, and just as popular when buying yet another round for the lads. Thoroughly professional but still the life of the party, the beloved Doc was nothing if not the real deal!
Perfect then, that Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub will totally be the genuine article. Completely built in Ireland and then shipped to Niagara Falls, come Decemeber, this magnificent establishment will be dishing up delicious, comfort-inspired fare, as well as craft and International brews, in authentic “Irish-as-it-gets” surroundings. Doc would be right at home, greeting his mates while resting his elbow on the grand Victorian bar. Do make it a point to swing by and be part of the next chapter of the Doc Magilligan story.Read More
St. Patrick’s Day is a big day, so being an Irish pub, this is perfect,” Brown said. “People started gathering at 11:30. It’s just a great location. Maryville is a great city. People like to go out to eat, and this gives more of a variety compared to other restaurants.
“Our pub is a lot more authentic,” Brown said, when asked to compare his pub with other traditional Irish pubs. “Everything you see in here is from Ireland. Our menu is entirely authentic. The Guinness we serve is just like the stuff they serve in Dublin, of high quality and highly authentic.”
The pub features traditional Irish specialties, such as fish and chips, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes), corned beef and cabbage, boxty (thin potato pancakes with your choice of filling) and Guinness steak and mushroom pie, but also offers standard American fare like steak, chicken, seafood and burgers.
Brown contracted with Irish Pub business consultant Donal Ballance of Ballance Hospitality Solutions.
We are happy to announce a special event in Washington DC for Irish Pub Owners, Operators and Leading Industry Professionals. Building on the success of last years event, Irish Business Solutions are hosting their second annual Irish Pub & Restaurant Workshop.
Date: February 4th, 2013
Venue: Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington D.C.
Who: Pub Owners/Operators and Leading Industry Professionals
Kick start your 2013 with this hard hitting seminar that focuses on:
• Reducing Overheads
• Grass Roots Marketing
• Delivering an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day for your Patron’s
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