Source: Leeanne Griffin, ctnow.com
Monday, 12th Sept, 2011
St. Patrick’s Day is another six months off, but Irish eyes will be smiling in New Haven this week as O’Toole’s Pub opens Thursday night.
Business partners Colin O’Toole and Damian Cashman – brand-new U.S. citizens as of last month – host a grand opening celebration starting at 6 p.m. The new space in Pitkin Plaza incorporates native Irish design: a series of themed “snugs,” or slant-back, six-person wooden booths and a 50-foot “holy bar,” made from the rafters of a Dublin church.
Besides the requisite bottles and drafts, O’Toole’s will offer traditional Irish fare (shepherd’s pie, fish n’chips, Guinness stew) along with French dishes, courtesy of chef Christopher Vasas’ experience and training.
O’Toole and Cashman are already well-known on the New Haven bar scene: O’Toole most recently worked as a manager at Christy’s, while Cashman owns Keys to the City and Sargent Pepper’s Nightclub at Long Wharf’s Terminal 110.