Named after some of Ireland’s most popular pubs, The Wicked Wolf is ready to tame the neighborhood’s wildest appetites.
Co-owners Seamus Carey and Mike Sullivan took over the former East Side Grill, 4029 E. Tremont Avenue, two weeks ago and began transforming the space into an intimate eatery with an at-home feel.
“We’re going to warm it up a bit,” manager Kathy Gallagher said about bringing the traditions of seasonal decorations from Charlie’s Inn, where she worked with her family for 33 years, to The Wicked Wolf.
In addition to the holiday décor that will soon ignite a celebratory spirit among all who enter, Carey said the addition of five televisions and a jukebox will surely lighten any mood.
So will the infectious personality of 88-year-old waitress Rosie Donaghey.
Upon hearing of Gallagher’s new venture, the previous Charlie’s Inn worker of more than 15 years said she can’t wait to get back on her feet in front of the costumers she’d grown to love.
“So we’re bringing her out of retirement,” Gallagher explained about Donaghey’s two-day workweek during lunch hour.
Also maintaining the character at The Wicked Wolf is longtime bartender, Jimmy McSherry, who will continue his duties during the week and share the spotlight with his son, Seamus, behind the bar every Friday night.
Gallagher said in keeping with local traditions, they paid special attention to the community’s wants when building the menu, which includes Wolf’s “Special” Potato Pancakes, served with applesauce, and the Wicked Pulled BBQ Pork sandwich.
“We’re also going to offer a really high-end steak,” Gallagher, commented about the aged Black Angus that will surely become their specialty.
“The overall goal is to try and give the neighborhood what they really want,” she continued, “to give them a place where they can have a couple of drinks and have a good time.”
Carey, who knows the location well, having served as the lead contractor for Ed Moon, when he turned the former Casey’s into the East Side Grill back in March, said the bar would open this Thursday, with the restaurant quick to follow on Friday for lunch.
Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Carey said he’s looking forward to providing a space for friends to gather for a good meal and great conversation.
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