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O’Halloran’s celebrates Irish culture, food

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

O’Halloran’s Public House is Mount Clemens’ newest pub, but the city is no stranger to the folks behind it.

The Irish-themed bar, restaurant and banquet hall is owned by Paul and Debbie Boone, who also own Orleans Billiards and Sports Cafe and Bath City Bistro restaurant.

Opened for just a month, O’Halloran’s is named after Nora Boone, Paul’s 92-year-old mother who was born Nora O’Halloran in Galway Bay in Ireland.

“I’ve always had this desire to open up an Irish bar and name it after my mom,” says Paul Boone, who opened Orleans next door from O’Halloran’s in 1996. O’Halloran’s was formerly John Barleycorn’s, a bar, restaurant and comedy club.

“This opportunity came along when this business (next to Orleans) closed and I was right next door. As a business owner in the city, you don’t like to be next to empty buildings,” said Boone. “We were tired of waiting for things to happen so we just said we have to start this ourselves.”

As for Nora, she’s enjoying the fame.

“I think it’s great,” she said. “I wish I was 20 years younger so I could come out here and hang out.”

O’Halloran’s has the Irish dishes one expects to see in an American Irish pub like bangers and mash, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, cottage pie and beef stew.

Boone says he’s most excited about the sliders on the menu.

Nearly a dozen variety of the tiny burgers are offered, and they come three to an order with house chips for $9.50. You can mix and match sliders, too. Choose from roasted turkey, grilled ham, Reuben, tuna salad, chicken cordon bleu or a few vegetarian options.

An adjacent banquet hall has room for 100, a small dance floor and its own bar. The Celtic-themed room is ideal for showers, meetings and even small weddings.

Naturally O’Halloran’s is planning for a big St. Patrick’s Day in March, but before then they’ll be celebrating in a few weeks the little-known (at least on this side of the pond) holiday of St. Stephen’s Day, or Wren’s Day.

Celebrated in Ireland with straw hats, dancing, singing and music, St. Stephen’s Day is Dec. 26. The family behind O’Halloran’s is excited to celebrate not just this festive Irish holiday, but it’s also Nora Boone’s 93rd birthday.

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O’Halloran’s Public House

112 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens

(586) 329-1252

ohalloranspublichouse.com