Regional chain Molly Maguire’s has its eye on Downingtown for its next installment.
Downingtown Borough Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a preliminary proposal to bring the Irish restaurant and pub to the borough.
According to the plan, the existing Minquas Fire House will be converted to a six-room hotel with about 6,700 square feet of banquet and pub space, along with an outdoor deck for dining.
Township Manager Stephen Sullins said that the restaurant will be an asset to the community, complementing the borough’s current businesses, and a future employer for the local workforce.
Conor Cummins and Declan Mannion, Irish-born owners of the restaurant group which includes locations in Phoenixville and Lansdale, will have to wait until the construction for the new fire and ambulance departments are completed at 141 Wallace Ave., which is expected to happen in December.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Council Vice-President Brenda Brinton. “I’m really excited that they’ll be on our front doorstep.”
“(The council is) very excited to get another restaurant,” said Council President Anthony “Chip” Gazzerro. “We’re always excited to get another business, especially on a main street.”
Mannion said that the true Irish pub that borough residents can expect to experience once constructed will welcome the entire family, and will not become the college bar that has almost become synonymous with pubs.
“I was born and raised in pubs, and (in Ireland) they’re part of the community,” he said.