Source: Samara Kalk Derby, host.madison.com [excerpt]
Sunday, 25th Sept, 2011
Construction recently started on a second Madison Brocach Irish Pub & Restaurant, opening at 1843 Monroe St., next to Pasqual’s and across from Trader Joe’s.
Cliff McDonald and Don Gautreau, who opened Madison’s first Brocach at 7 West Main St. on the Capitol Square, and own another in Milwaukee, hope to open the new one before the end of October.
The Monroe Street location will be smaller — roughly the same size as the first floor of Brocach on the Square.
The space was formerly home to Spirals Antiques and Interiors, so McDonald and Gautreau need to have a kitchen installed.
The new place will have a similar look. The interior is being handled by the same designer, Anne Browne, who runs Bar None Designs in Ottawa, Canada.
“She’s an Irishwoman and this is what she does, she designs Irish pubs worldwide,” McDonald said.
The menu will be very similar, too, he said. “The structure of it, the foundation of it, will be the same,” McDonald said, noting that it’s not finalized yet.
“There will probably be some small differences,” he said. “(We’ll) use a little bit more local cuisine here. But the foundation will be true to what we are.”
Both McDonald and Gautreau live on the Near West Side and loved the Monroe Street location.
“We think there’s a market void for something like this,” McDonald said. “We’ve received a ton of support from the community.”
The pair own the restaurants with their wives, Shanna and Melanie. Chef Andrew Drobac is a partner in the Milwaukee location. They opened the original Brocach on the Capitol Square in Sept. 2004. This month is the pub’s seven-year anniversary.
Gautreau’s wife, Melanie, is going to be the general manager of the Monroe Street location.