New pub to open [Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub]

thursday, 27th October, 2011

Long awaited, Ruidoso’s newest pub quietly opened this week. Thursday afternoon was called a “soft opening,” by Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub general manager Gregory Wren.

Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub is open. At the bar Thursday are Nikii Hagerty and Adam Montorio. On the other side, from left, are bartender Brett Stirman; the plumbing mechanic for the restaurant project, Chris Row; general contractor Mark Newsom; and business partner Tom Farrell. (Jim Kalvelage/Ruidoso News)

A gala opening will soon come.

The 9,000-foot restaurant and bar in the heart of Ruidoso’s Midtown will live true to its name.

“It’s like stepping back into Ireland,” Thomas Farrell, a business partner said. “Most of the furniture, bar equipment, stone and glass and light shades all came over from Ireland.”

A large horseshoe bar includes modern features on one side and a traditional old-style Irish bar on the other.

The extensive menu includes Irish dishes and American fare.

“We definitely will have the best shepherd’s pie,” Farrell said.

And an array of draft beers, along with a full bar, will go with the fare.

The pub’s general contractor, Mark Newson, said the building can hold 249 people. Outside, a patio includes radiant heating, making for nearly year-round use.

The Irish pub will be open seven days a week and includes a stage. Upstairs is a game room, which also has a bar area.

Grace O’Malley’s location, at 2331 Sudderth Drive, had once been the home of Pasta Café. The former building was torn down to make way for the transformation from an Italian restaurant to an Irish pub.

Employing 97, the new restaurant took time to thoroughly train chefs, cooks, bartenders, waiters and other staff, Wren said. And each knows the menu inside-out.

The pub’s name comes from Grace.

Source: Jim Kalvelage,


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