Source: Maureen Mccarthy, patriotledger.com
Friday, 02nd Sept, 2011
The family of Somers pubs is about to get bigger now that Mr. Dooley’s is opening in Cohasset.
The new Mr. Dooley’s is scheduled to open to the public in mid-September at 9 Depot Court in Cohasset Village.
“There is always a need for a good pub,” John Joe Somers, CEO of Somers Pubs, said when describing the draw to Cohasset. “And when I saw this little niche, I went for it.”
The pub will be modeled after the Mr. Dooley’s in Boston’s financial district and the more recently opened Wrentham location. Other Somers pubs include the Green Dragon, Hennessy’s of Boston, Durty Nelly’s and Paddy O’s.
The Cohasset Mr. Dooley’s will feature a mix of American food, such as burgers and steak tips, and traditional Irish fare, such as shepherd’s pie and corned beef.
The quest for a Cohasset location began when Somers group general manager Michael Carlyle moved to the coastal town in February 2010.
“The town is beautiful and we want to cater to families in the area while bringing a bit of Ireland to town,” Carlyle said.
The 1,500-square-foot space will accommodate seating for up to 70 people.
Townland Inc. of Boston managed the $500,000 renovation project, Somers said.
Mr. Dooley’s has a liquor and entertainment license and will feature poetry readings and local Irish musicians who will perform Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.Mr. Dooley’s will host Irish sessions –informal gatherings of Irish musicians – on Sunday afternoons.
Somers, 60, immigrated to America from Ireland at the age of 19. In his mid-20s, he married his wife, Ann, who is the interior designer for all of the company’s pubs.
His children – Sean Somers, Noelle Somers and Kristine Higgins – are all involved in the family-owned business.