Madison Heights – Taste the Emerald Isle with a traditional boxty, or try a hearty Sheppard’s pie! You can find all of these dishes and more at the Irish Tavern in Madison Heights.
Owner Bob Young, along with his brother and the executive chef, opened the tavern in 2020, just days before the pandemic hit. While it was certainly a rocky start, they had good reason to believe the concept would work because it’s actually the second location.
The original Irish Tavern is in Waterford and Young took it over in 2005.
“This store had been operating since the 1930s,” says Young. “I have ancestry from Northern Ireland, I’m not full Irish, but we’re Irish American. The community up there really appreciated what we did bringing in traditional foods, beautifying the place and making it a cozy and welcoming tavern for the community.
After a trip to Florida, where Young visited a friend’s Irish restaurant in a mall, he had an idea of how he would like to expand. He was sitting at the traffic light on the corner of 12 Mile and Campbell, on his way to pick up his dog from his parents’ house, when he saw a ‘for rent’ sign on the building. Young got together with his brother and chef Ted Teeter and decided to open a second Irish tavern in his hometown of Madison Heights.
They commissioned an artist to paint a giant mural of Ireland on the side of the building and made the interior open and welcoming with lots of rich wood tones.
For food, they offer bar favorites with an Irish twist. You can get the Loaded Irish Man, which is a double-stacked burger with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and 1000 Island dressing. In terms of more authentic Irish cuisine, they have Sheppard’s Pie which they make with a mix of lamb and beef, as well as a selection of boxties. A boxty is a thin potato pancake originating from the Northern Midlands of Ireland. Their most popular boxty is stuffed with corned beef, Swiss cheese and topped with horseradish sauce.
This year they will host their first major St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and will offer live entertainment from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. A tent will be outside and they will serve a limited menu. For more details, watch the full video above.
Irish Tavern is located at 29028 N Campbell Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071.
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