Bunratty Tavern Projected to Open in Reading in May

The liquor license for the pub was passed at Tuesday's selectmen meeting.

Eilish Havey and her husband Jim will open the Bunratty Tavern in Reading this year. The liquor license for the pub was passed at Tuesday night's selectmen meeting.

The tavern will open at 622 Main Street in the M.F. Charles Building and will accommodate 194 people. The traditional Irish pub will have a full bar and serve "home cooked comfort food," Havey said. All of their meat will be cooked on site and they will have roast beef dinners on the weekends. They will feature live music and an outdoor dining area for warmer months, she said. 

Havey, originally from Ireland and now a North Reading resident, has experience in the restaurant business and has been the controller of a restaurant group in Boston for 19 years, she told Patch. 

When asked when they would open for business, Havey said May, "and that is a very rough guess at this point."

Sprinklers are currently being installed inside the M.F. Charles building, which should take about a month, according to Havey. After those are in place the space will be turned over to Havey and her contractor can begin work on the tavern.

Havey hopes that everything goes smoothly so she can open for the summer and customers can enjoy the outdoor patio.

Selectman Ben Tafoya is looking forward to the tavern opening and thinks their approach as an Irish tavern is unique and different to other options in town.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to get another restaurant in the downtown core. I think it's terrific in that it will bring more folks into the downtown core, which will help all of the other businesses there," he said. 

Vin Colella January 14, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Hi Eilish, Please contact me regarding entertainment @ Bunratty's. I am with a local rock acoustic duo called AHT (Acoustic Hot Tub) we'd be a great for you venue. http://www.acoustichottub.com thanks! Vin
Emily M January 14, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Grumpy Doyle's was never good. Poor service and terrible food.
Emily M January 14, 2013 at 03:47 PM
btw, does anyone know if it's a done deal that Portland Pie is coming to 30 Haven? Is it happening? No development seems to be happening in that downstairs section.
George February 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Eilish, Best of luck with your new enterpriseand I am sure most Reading people will give you a warm welcome. Don't worry about the negative comments. There is a small contingent of naysayers for every project that comes around. Good Luck!
Frank Keane May 09, 2013 at 06:01 PM
well. some five months have passed and there is not any news. For those who are concerned about 2 Irish Pub/Restaurants, when Bunratty opens there will still be only one true Irish Pub in town,. For anyone who has ever been to an Irish Pub, they would never mistake Grumpy Doyle's for one. It is a sports bar with decent pub food. Check out their daily event updates, there has not been an Irish anything in a year, it is all Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots. The is not a charming "snug" to hold a conversation, no Irish Entertainment, nothing to absorb the noise. If would be simple to change to a sports bar, all they would need to do is take down the one Guiness sign. THis is not to say they are not a good fit for the town nor a good partner for the town, it is more to say, call them a Sports bar


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