When asked why he wants to open an Irish pub in Charles Town, Jefferson County native Pat Riley joked it’s because of his last name.
Riley has wanted to open an Irish pub for most of his life, and he hopes his dream will be realized on Dec. 8, the scheduled opening date for Paddy’s on West Liberty Street in Charles Town.
Riley, who also owns Jefferson Welding, said he and his staff have been working on getting Paddy’s up and running for about two months.
“It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do. … A long time ago I was in restaurants. We’ve been working full tilt, I haven’t had a day off since I bought (the building),” Riley said. “About four years ago I put the steel addition on (the building) out there. I’ve been looking at it for the last few years; every time I’d drive by it and go to work.
“(I) just decided to buy it and give it a whirl.”
In addition to the drink selection at Paddy’s, the establishment also will serve pub food for lunch and dinner. Paddy’s will employ about 16 or 17 full- and part-time employees and can seat around 150 guests, Riley added.
“I think we have a good, fresh menu, most of the food’s fresh, nothing over $20,” he said.
The building housing Paddy’s used to be the Charles Washington Inn and then was CW Tiffins, which closed down about two years ago, Riley said.
Paddy’s has most of the permits and licenses it needs to open, and Riley said the fire marshal will inspect the kitchen this week to make sure everything’s up to code.
Paddy’s is located at 210 W. Liberty St., Charles Town, and Riley is confident the pub will be open for Dec. 8. Paddy’s hours of operation will be 11 a.m. until at least 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 11 p.m. on Sundays, and the kitchen will close before the main bar. Paddy’s also offers several TVs, two bars and an upstairs area for special events or if the downstairs bars are too crowded.
Source: Matt Armstrong, journal-news.net