Irish drinking den Tom Bergin’s has been revived by the team behind Dominick’s and Little Dom’s following a shutdown for extensive renovation work.
Tom Bergin’s, an Irish tavern that first opened in 1936 and has been at the same location for 63 years (and looked it), is now back in action following a serious seven-month scrubbing and faithful décor and menu update by new owner Warner Ebbink and his chef Brandon Boudet.
The owners of Ferguson’s Irish Pub plan to reopen the downtown Honolulu watering hole Friday afternoon after an extensive renovation of the space in the historic Dillingham Transportation Building.
Owners Don Murphy of Murphy’s Bar & Grill and J.J. Niebuhr and Danny Dolan of J.J. Dolan’s, who bought the pub last fall after founder John Ferguson died, had originally planned on reopening Ferguson’s by St. Patrick’s Day, the remodeling was took longer than originally planned. Contractors on the project included Oregon Home Construction, Greenleaf Woodworks and Kieselbach Woodworks.
Workers this week put the finishing touches on the pub, which Murphy said will reopen at 4 p.m. on Friday, just in time for pau hana, or happy hour.
O’Neill’s Irish pub in Sutton will reopen its doors after undergoing a complete refurbishment.
On Saturday, May 12, the pub on the High Street will be open to the public as O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Kitchen, after being transformed into a modern interpretation of a traditional Irish pub.
This will be the second Irish Pub & Kitchen to hit the UK High Street.
Manager Elaine Palmer says: “Whether you’re popping into O’Neill’s Pub & Kitchen for a bite to eat from our new menu, a classic Irish drink or to soak up the laid back atmosphere on our secret roof terrace, you can expect some lively banter and a friendly smile.”
Additions at the new O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Kitchen include table service and live music every week from soloists and duos.
The pub’s new food menus are full of traditional pub favourites and Irish-inspired dishes.
O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Kitchen public opening, May 12, 8am-midnight Mon – Thurs, 8am -1am Fri and Sat, 10am – 11pm Sun, visit oneills.co.uk/oneillssutton.
Source: Sophia Sleigh, yourlocalguardian
Tom Bergin’s is back. Some folks were worried the 76-year-old Irish pub’s eight-month renovation might have sent Bergin’s tumbling from grace. A few might have imagined in their bleakest moments that the doors would swing back open to reveal a “green” oxygen bar with shamrock-shaped throw pillows or a sleek, self-conscious gastropub. Devotees of the old Bergin’s shouldn’t stress: Like a beloved uncle emerging, refreshed, from a bender, the new edition is brighter, warmer and spiffier, but still the same beast.
Under the reign of restaurateurs Warner Ebbink and Brandon Boudet, who also own Little Dom’s and Hollywood’s 101 Coffee Shop, the booths are decked out in soft green leather. Royal-looking wooden beams still vault over the dining room. A mirror behind the semi-circular bar in the center of the main room makes the party look more hopping than it is — which is not to say the party is not hopping with plenty of pep. At 6 p.m. yesterday, the evening of the official relaunch, Bergin’s was bustling with well-coiffed ladies fresh from work, men in suits, trucker hat-wearing scruffballs, and, naturally, a fleet of smartly dressed bartenders and servers, many of whom added to the convivial spirit by bantering with customers — something that always sounds better with an Irish accent.
As for the menu, the bar is baking pretzels in-house, offering steaks by the ounce and pouring an assortment of somewhat more upscale cocktails by Marcos Tello (the Varnish, the Edison, Seven Grand) poking, pricewise, into double digits. We recommend the Irish Maid, a Bushmills-and-cucumber concoction, and the Peeled Irish Buck, which is whiskey anchored in apple, ginger and lime.
However, if you show up tonight hoping to watch the Nuggets roll over against the Lakers, you’ll be out of luck. The bar may be open, but televisions have yet to arrive.
Source: Andrew Simmons, laweekly.com
The pub will be in the former location of Watson’s Piano Bar, 1307 25th Ave., which was sold to Irish Coast Pub owner Ben Kaufman last week. The move marks the return of another staple of pre-Katrina Gulfport nightlife after The E.O. Club re-opened in 2009. Kaufman says the new Irish Coast might look a little different than the original but the vibe is the same.
“What I’m trying to capture from the old place is the atmosphere,” he said. “That’s not from a dining perspective but the connection with the customer and our staff being on top of their game. We’re buying an existing business and everything’s not going to be shipped over from Ireland like it was, but I don’t think people are looking for that these days. It’s about taking care of people and that’s what we’re going to do. I think it will be accepted very well and there’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia. We’re going to try to throw some aspects of the old place in there though, and hopefully remind people of whatever it is they remember about it from the minute they walk in the doors.”
Kaufman has 16 years experience in the industry and opened the original Irish Coast Pub in November 2003. It was an immediate hit due in large part to a downtown area that was, at the time, “starving for what is going on now.” It quickly became a sought after venue for local musicians and he says the live music will be prominently featured in the new location. Hurricane Katrina gutted the original space on 15th Street where Salute’s Italian Restaurant now stands.
Kaufman evacuated to Illinois after the storm but returned to manage Coast nightclub at Beau Rivage in the summer of 2006. He moved to the Treasure Bay casino as a bartender in November of 2007 at blu, the casino’s live music venue and tapas bar.
“I can’t emphasize enough how exciting it is to be a part of downtown again,” he said. “(The pub) will add another spot that people are familiar with (from before Hurricane Katrina). There’s an eclectic blend of concepts and I think we fit right into that. I’m excited for Gulfport, too. I moved here in 1994 and downtown is so much more what I had envisioned it to be these days. It’s more of an honor now to be a part of that and to be fortunate enough to get a location right in the middle of it.”