Friday, 7th October, 2011
The newest addition to Cape Coral’s nightlife is preparing to open its doors.
The Dublin Ale House Pub will open its doors to the public for a “soft opening” starting today at 12:00pm.
The pub will be open today through Sunday and will serve a full array of beer and wine. The pub will then have its Grand Opening next Thursday and will include the pub’s full menu of food.
The opening comes after months of hard work to get the new establishment ready for business. Frank and wife, Jeannine have always had the dream of opening their own Irish Pub since vacationing in Ireland some years back. However, like many with careers and raising children, the two had to bide their time before making such a significant jump. Living in Cape Coral for the last six years, both had successful careers. Frank worked as a civilian for the Cape Coral Police Department as a Forensic Technician, while Jeannine worked for a local physical therapy practice. While maintaining careers and a family, both still held on to the dream of opening their own Irish Pub, “Once the kids were old enough we began looking,” says Jeannine.
Looking at suitable locations throughout Cape Coral, they finally found the building that was home to the former Brigands restaurant as the place to open their own Irish Pub. After signing the papers, the pair immediately began working on making the empty space home. While Frank laid out the floorplan and hiring contractors, Jeannine chose color schemes and furniture to give it an authentic Irish Pub atmosphere.
In just a matter of months, the couple turned 8,500 square feet of vacant space into an authentic Irish Pub. While the place is generous in size, when you walk in Dublin has the feel of a small neighborhood pub, “We wanted a place where people can come and have a home away from home. We want a family atmosphere,” says Frank.
The pub will have over 20 beers on tap, over 45 bottled beers and will specialize in today’s finest micro brew, craft, domestic and import beers, as well as a vast assortment of wines, “We will have beers from all over the world, German, Canadian, even Croatian beer. We will have something for everyone,” says Frank.
Dublin also has a full kitchen that will serve Irish and American favorites such as; Shepherd’s Pie, chicken wings, fish and chips and more. Frank says they are keeping the menu limited because all of the food is prepared fresh daily.
The pub, while having a small feel, can host just over 200 people. It will also have a private dining area that will seat 50 people and is ideal for private parties, business functions and more. Frank says he hopes to make the private dining area a hot spot for local meetings and celebrations, “There is not a lot of places to go in Cape Coral for larger meetings. With our room, we can adjust the menu for whatever occasion you want to use it for. The best thing is we do not charge for the room. All you have to do is pay for your food and drinks.”
Live music will fill the pub as everything from Irish bands, doo-wop groups, acoustic music from a variety of genres will fill the stage each week, “We want something for everyone. We want a lively atmosphere with our music, but still not so loud you cannot hear yourself talk,” says Frank.
To give the establishment more of a pub feel, there will be multiple televisions for sports events and what would an Irish pub be without foosball tables and dartboards.
With all that has been put into creating the pub, the Williams’ have high hopes and high expectations, but assures if given the opportunity, Dublin Ale House Pub could easily become your next home away from home.
Dublin Ale House Pub opens its doors tonight and will then be open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30am to 12:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am to 2:00am.
Source: Jeff Koehn, capecoral.com