YORK—It's been more than six months since the popular irish pub, "Harp and Fiddle" closed in York. But in just a few weeks, the doors will re-open. The restaurant on South George Street is expected to be back in business in early February.
The establishment will be operated by Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center. It will remain an Irish Pub, but will be called "Maewyn's," named after Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland.
Ken Painter, Director of Food & Beverage Services at Heritage Hills says, "this is an Irish Pub out and out, you look around and you certainly can't take the Irish out of the pub."
The restaurant is getting a makeover and will feature a raw bar, 24 beers on tap and the upstairs section will be used solely as a dining room.
Painter says, "we definitely want to keep it an Irish Pub and from the food selection to the beer selection, we'll certainly encapsulate that... we want to create that atmosphere where they can come in after a hard day of work, sit back and enjoy themselves."
Maewyn's will employ between 35 and 40 people, five of whom lost their jobs when Damon's in York closed its doors last month.
Painter says, "everybody I run into, they're so excited about it opening and the enthusiasm and willingness to help to get this open is great."
Eugenio Sandoval, who goes to school in York says, "it's probably good for the economy, give people jobs & overall give york a good boost."
His twin brother, Ignacio Sandoval, says, "I do think it's a good idea with the recession and people needing more jobs and a good idea, I'd try it, get a bite to eat, sure."
The restaurant is planning a Grand Opening in March; the manager also says there will be a new focus on faster service.