Saturday, 01st Oct, 2011
An Irish-theme pub soon will be part of the Arena District landscape again.
The owners of the R Bar Arena plan to open a new restaurant and bar called the Three-Legged Mare as soon as Thanksgiving. It will take over the former O’Shaughnessy’s Public House space, at 401 N. Front St.
O’Shaughnessy’s closed in April in a dispute with the Ohio Department of Taxation.
The partners in DarCap Management Group, which operates the R Bar, viewed the pub’s closing as fortuitous for them.
“We were looking to open a second place this year in the district,” said Natalie Darr, a partner in DarCap along with her husband, Michael Darr, and Danny Capoccia. “But then as soon as O’Shaughnessy’s doors were locked, we saw that as an opportunity to get in quicker and not have to do a full build-out on a new place.”
The desire, Darr said, is to bring a “neighborhood” Irish-theme restaurant and bar to the area. The goal is to cater not only to consumers who attend events at Nationwide Arena, but also to area residents. The pub should be an attractive destination for families even when the arena is silent, she said.
“We’re looking to fill in the gap between Nationwide events,” she said. “There are some days that the district is packed, and then the following week, there’s not that many people down here.
“We think it’s important to have something to offer people and get them to stay.”
Many potential operators were vying for the vacated space. The majority wanted to bring an Irish-theme pub back to the location, said Brian Ellis of Nationwide Realty Investors, which owns the space.
“We were really pleased with the level of interest in that location,” he said. “We chose to go with Natalie and her team because they’ve got a proven track record of success in drawing crowds to the Arena District.
“And we believe this new concept will also be as successful.”
The Three-Legged Mare will feature traditional Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. Entrees will range in price from around $8 to $13, Darr said.
The restaurant and bar also will feature live music and “be welcoming to families,” Darr said.
“It’s completely different than the R Bar,” she said. “It’s more of a restaurant that has a bar, while the R Bar is a bar that serves food.”
Source: Tracy Turner, The Columbus Dispatch