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Buyout of Claddagh means a few changes at both local stores

Expect a livelier atmosphere and updated menu at the two local Claddagh Irish Pubs.

Patrick McDonagh, an original investor in the Ohio-based operation, has bought the 15-unit chain for a reported $10-million.
Christian Rinehart, spokesman for Claddagh, said it's McDonagh's intention to return the restaurants to their initial model.

"We're actually making it more pub than it was," Rinehart said.

The company will add a full-service bar next year to the patio at the Polaris location, 8745 Sancus Blvd. There are no specific changes planned at the Brewery District store, 585 S. Front St. Both have new menus, Rinehart said.
McDonagh, who lives in Ireland, financed the launching of Claddagh, then run by partner Kevin Blair of Solon, a Cleveland suburb. That relationship fizzled, and the chain would eventually file for bankruptcy. McDonagh also is founder of Supermac's, the fastest-growing fast-food chain in Ireland. It is still the parent company of CDG

Acquisitions, which operates Claddagh.
Rinehart said the company expects to add 10 more stores over the next five years.

What was to be an oasis for lovers of microwbrewed beer on the East Side, Mulholland Brewing Co. has closed.

The Reynoldsburg brew pub lasted about four months at 7679 E. Main St.

Co-founder Justin Mulholland said early sales were strong, but they dipped and never recovered. Mulholland rejected any possibility of keeping the microbrew in operation for wholesale or retail sales. He said the ownership team is interested in selling the restaurant, but no buyers have come forward.

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