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    After purchasing one of the favorite dining spots in the city, new owners Tom and Scan0001 Louie renovated the restaurant with new flooring, new kitchen ovens and sinks and still preserved the clean, inviting and wholesome friendly atmosphere of the original pub that has served its customers since 1923.

     The two partners combined their skills and since buying the property in June, 2009 have kept the tradition that many long time customers have been enjoying over the years.

     “We are here to stay,” said Tom who purchased one of his first restaurants in 1981. For a short time, he resided in Gloucester City. He remembers the furniture store on Broadway where at that time, he had to purchase his bedroom set on credit. “I did not get the complete bed and slept on a box spring until the mattress was paid for,” he said.

     Now, the successful restaurateur employees a staff of ten people, several of whom reside in Gloucester. 

     Louie is the chef and takes pride in his kitchen and continues to serve all of the

O’Donnell’s favorite dishes. Two jumbo, lump crab cakes either fried or broiled come with a house salad or cup of soup and a choice of two vegetables or pasta. Can you imagine how many of those crab cakes were served over the years? The home-made entree has always been on the menu and is still enjoyed. 

      The extensive menu is too numerous to mention but appetizers, salads that can include calamari, shrimp and crabmeat  and chicken as well home-made soups and pasta provide the diner with excellent choices. Sandwiches, burgers and wraps are served with French Fries. We can not forget to mention the cheese cake and other dessert favorites.

     Irish dishes are still served on certain days, including Shepherd’s Pie. On St. Patrick’s Day, it is hard to count the number of delicious ham or corned beef and cabbage dishes that are served steaming hot and covering the whole plate.

     Every room is filled with diners who enjoy the food as well as live music on that special day. You have to know somebody to reach the bar lined up three and four rows deep waiting for a pint of Guinness and other brands of beer and whiskeys.

       The best approach is to catch the bartender’s eye and shout in your order. It is a happy place not only during the holidays but every day. There are many customers who enjoy the sports bar with friends while watching the seven television sets located around the bar and throughout the restaurant.

     Banquet rooms seating up to seventy people are available for private parties such as funeral lunches, showers, birthdays, and other occasions.  Take out orders should be called in ahead for fast service.

 Article/PHOTOS by Sara Martino