Brendan’s Irish Pub readies Newbury Park location

With locations open in Camarillo and Agoura Hills, the team behind Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is preparing a third at what currently is Eric’s Restaurant & Bar at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park.

The newest Brendan’s is scheduled to open around Aug. 1, said Tyler Rex, director of marketing for the rapidly expanding chain of pubs.

Eric’s will remain in operation for a month or possibly longer as construction takes place at the existing bar and restaurant, Rex said.

The project will coincide with a planned remodeling of the 150-room hotel, which serves visitors to Amgen and other local companies. It will be the first Brendan’s on property that includes a hotel.

“We’ll be handling all of their food needs, from room service to banquets, and can book our own events,” said Rex, who envisions organizing tastings and dinners with stay-over packages for members of Brendan’s Whiskey Club.

The pub serves traditional Irish fare and variations on the theme: Shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash are on the menu with Irish nachos and corned beef and cabbage sliders. More than 200 whiskeys from around the world are available at the bar. Patrons who buy a Whiskey Club membership, $99 for two years, receive a “passport” that lists 60 of them to be checked off as they are tasted.

Named for Chief Executive Officer Brendan Searls, the pubs have murals by Ventura artist MB Hanrahan and memorabilia from Searls’ native Ireland.

The Camarillo location debuted in January 2011 at 1755 E. Daily Drive. A former Sizzler that had been vacant for more than two years, the building took several months to remodel.

The second Brendan’s opened Feb. 29 in the Reyes Adobe Plaza at 30315 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills. Formerly Pikey’s Pub & Restaurant, the space was remodeled over a seven-week period, Rex said.

In addition to working on the Newbury Park location at 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Searls and Brendan’s partner Jonathan Siegel hope to open a fourth pub by the end of the year in Goleta or Woodland Hills, Rex said.

Source: Lisa McKinnon,

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