Out with the old 1970s decor of Parma, in with the new Hanafin's Pub! They opened last Friday, though the grand opening isn't until August 12th. Although it was quite a full house, the owner quickly seated us at a nice high table.
The memorabilia on the walls (various photos and paintings) all have tie-ins to the family. There's a good mix (deliberately random) of wooden tables, chairs, and stools. The bar has an upside-down canoe hanging overhead. No TV in sight; the welcoming owner told us he'd rather encourage social interaction than have folks looking at a TV. That seemed to be working, as it was quite lively. (he did say the upcoming dining room on the other side may have a couple of TVs) He also said that all food will be acquired locally, which is nice.
From the 10+ beers on tap, I figured I had to get a Guinness. From the 2-sided menu, we had the Ploughman's Lunch. That included crackers, corned beef, cheddar cheese, and mustard. This was rather ridiculously good. The corned beef had no stringiness or chewiness, it was very tender and the combo made us want to get two plates.
For dinner we had the open-faced meatloaf sandwich and the streak-wrap, both coming with chips (fries) . Both were excellent and healthy portions, especially given the prices, $8 and $10 respectively. Next time I'll be trying the beef stew or the shepherd's pie.
They are going to be doubling the amount of waitstaff, although our service was good given the crowd. It's quite loud inside, perhaps that should be expected of an Irish pub. I think the real challenge (as is for everything around there) is the parking.
We definitely plan on going again!
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