A pub is an important part of Irish culture and not necessarily a place to drink, but rather a gathering place. This idea is what the staff at The Claddagh Irish Pub in Plainfield is trying to teach the local community.
“It’s a great place to come, visit, and relax,” said Chanda Guyer, general manager of Claddagh. “When you come here you are not just going to a bar, although we do have a great bar here.”
Over the door it says, “Failte go Claddagh,” which means, “Welcome to the Claddagh.”
The Claddagh Irish Pub opened at Metropolis Mall in 2006. It is owned by Patrick McDonach who lives in Ireland. The CDG Acquisitions home office is in Solon, Ohio. All of the company’s upper management is Irish born and bred.
Guyer came on board just over two years ago and is teamed with chef Andrew Dunaway. The pub has 20 kitchen employees and a wait staff of 30. They are dedicated to offering the best service to their customers.
“We have to treat our guests like family,” she said. “I tell my employees we just have to be better than anyone else.”
The Plainfield location serves as the training kitchen for all 15 Claddagh Irish Pubs.
“And Andy has just come up with a new menu we are very proud of,” Guyer said. “Our corporate structure is very supportive but not as controlling. So they let us choose our own menu.”
The new menu does keep some of the old Irish favorites, but it also introduces several Midwestern staples such as the pork tenderloin and the pulled pork sandwich.
The new menu also added steaks and, one of Guyer’ new favorites, The Humongous Fungus sandwich.
“It is everything a mushroom sandwich can be,” she said. “It is big and so good.”