Revolving Irish pubs on tap at Gateway

Source: Dan Eaton,

Thursday, Aug 18th, 2011

McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, one of the High Street complex’s original tenants, closed Wednesday night. Eventually the space will become Kildare’s , a West Chester, Pa.-based chain that boasts of authentic Irish elements in its taverns. But in between McFadden’s closing and Kildare’s opening, the Kildare’s group will operate the Pub and Restaurant there.

Why the temporary restaurant? Why do so many things in this town happen? Ohio State football.

“We didn’t want to be dark for the football season,” owner Dave Magrogan said
Getting one of its taverns ready takes months, Magrogan said, so the Pub and Restaurant will run through football season, close in December and then reopen as Kildare’s in January.

In the interim, the menu will carry many Kildare’s signature dishes, including some authentic Irish fare, as well as typical American pub fare.

“Customers will be able to get a taste,” Magrogan said. “Long term, we’re bringing authentic Irish food, spirit and music.”

Doug Aschenbach, president of Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment, the landlord for Gateway, said the decision for McFadden’s to leave was mutual. McFadden’s, which was more bar than restaurant, didn’t perform as well as either Campus Partners or the New York chain had hoped.

Columbus will become the seventh spot for Kildare’s, adding to its pubs in such college towns as Chapel Hill, N.C., and State College, Pa. Magrogan’s restaurant company also owns Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House and Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, both in suburban Philadelphia.


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