Kildare’s finds home in campus Gateway

Robert Black, a Gaelic bagpiper, plays in front of the new Kildare’s Irish Pub on its opening day, March 1.

After several months of renovations and design, Kildare’s Irish Pub opened its new location in the South Campus Gateway with the sounds of a bagpipe.

Owner and CEO Dave Magrogan and general manager Chris Wallick led the ribbon-cutting ceremony at about 5:45 p.m., on Thursday. With bagpiper Robert Black from Columbus playing in the background, the pub officially opened with a VIP, invite-only party benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund until 9 p.m., when it opened to the general public. The night featured live musical performances from The Drowsy Lads, DJ Devo and attracted a full house.

One of the key features of Kildare’s is the design of the pub, which is inspired by traditional Irish pubs. The furniture and decor, known as bric-a-brac, also comes from Ireland.

Source: Ron Miles, thelantern.com

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