Sunday, March 29, 2015

Irish Pub Coming to Plaza-Midwood

Plaza-Midwood is getting an Irish Pub and I can't wait. Not only are we getting an Irish Pub, but we're getting one by the the trio who basically has Fifth Street on lockdown. Tommy Timmins, Kevin Devin and Maynard Goble all or individually have their hands in Connolly's, Dandelion Market and Prohibition on Fifth Street, and Tyber Creek Pub on South Boulevard.

Their latest venture is The Workman's Friend on Central home. It's slated to open in late April in the former home of No Grease Barbershop and the adjacent salon. The Workman's Friend gets its name from the Flann O'Brien's poem "The Workman's Friend."

According to Wikipedia, the poem references that a pint of "plain," another word for porter, is your only man. Timmons said the building will feature a mural on the side of the building facing Zada Jane's with a quote from the poem. The pub will be one of the most authentic pubs in the trio's portfolio, Timmins said.

The Workman's Friend will offer a modern twist on Irish food and 18 taps ranging from local brews to traditional domestics. The pub will also have a patio in back. Timmons said they decided to move to Plaza-Midwood, Devin's 'hood, after finding success in the uptown area.

"Its kind of our next step in our evolution," Timmins said. "We’re neighborhood bar guys. It’s the perfect spot for us branch out."

The Workman's Friend will be the newest offering in Plaza-Midwood, which is also getting a Pure Pizza in Lulu's old spot at 1911 Central Avenue. Legion Brewing is slated to open in the old Brodt Music Company at 1906 Commonwealth Ave.