Tinker’s Nest set to re-open

Mike Ferreira plans to open Tinker's Nest next Wednesday, March 14. Photo by Richard Dionne.

The luck of the Irish is finally falling on Mike Ferreira.

It’s been nearly five months since a fire undid much of the renovation work he was doing on the Tinker’s Nest, the Irish pub he had just purchased at 322 Metacom Ave. But now, Mr. Ferreira said he’s ready to re-open next Wednesday, March 14, just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day rush.

Tinker is another word for gypsy, and over the years a host of owners have come and gone. But Mr. Ferreira, who also owns Gillary’s on the Bristol waterfront, said he plans to bring the popular spot back to what it was a few owners ago — an authentic Irish pub with good food, great beer and plenty of atmosphere.

“I want this to be a neighborhood place, a good one,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of work.”

He was almost ready to re-open the restaurant when solvent-soaked rags spontaneously combusted just before the start of the work day on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The ensuing fire caused significant heat and smoke damage, though he was happy that a large percentage of the pub’s authentic Irish beer signs and nick nacks survived. This past week, manager Jeanne Coelho has been spending time re-hanging them on the hunter green walls in preparation for re-opening.

When that day comes, she said, there will be plenty of things to keep customers happy.

She and Mr. Ferreira plan to host a dart league and will have live music. There will also be a karaoke night, wings night and good Irish fare all week. For the sports fans, Mr. Ferreira has purchased four large high-def TVs. With just a few days left before the grand re-opening, Mr. Ferreira said he’s excited to finally see the opening in sight. It’s been a long time coming.

“But it’ll be worth it.”

Source: Ted Hayes, eastbayri.com

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