Bunratty Tavern Coming to Reading

The Irish Tavern will start demolition work this summer.

According to the Reading Community Services Office, a new Irish Pub is coming to Reading. The Bunratty Tavern will open at 622 Main Street.

The tavern will start demolition at some point this summer and will renovate throughout the fall in the historic M.F. Charles building.

The tavern will accommodate 194 people, and will serve Irish food. They will offer a full bar and are looking to incoorporate an indoor area for live music, according to the Community Services Office. The tavern will also include an outdoor dining area for warmer months. 

The opening date is not scheduled yet. Check in with Patch for more details as they become available.

Jessica August 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I am so happy to hear that this great restaurant is coming to our area.
M August 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Another Irish pub within, what, 500 feet of the other Irish pub? What is this, Brighton? Couldn't we get a decent Tex/Mex place? They drink beer, too? Wonder if this will go up faster than the elusive Orange Leaf froyot place next door that was supposed to open on or before August 15th (2 days ago), but which looks barely begun..unless I'm looking at the wrong building. The Zinga store at Haven similarly does not look like it could possibly open this month - and even if it could, the sidewalk is still blocked off and unfinished.
Jessica August 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Im just happy its not another pizza joint. And lets face it, Grumpy's food is not very good.
Dave Miskinis August 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Not a fan of Grumpy's. Hopefully this will be better.
Mary August 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM
M, I agree with Jessica. At least it's not another pizza joint! Can't wait to try it.
M August 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Haven't eaten @ Grumpy's, so can't comment, though it seems pretty busy, must be the booze. I'm Irish but no big fan of most "Irish" food, alas. Fully agree we don't need another pizza place/sub shop, nor do we need any more banks.
A Reading Mom August 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I've heard mixed reviews about Grumpy's, but haven't tried it myself. I did a quick Google search, but was unable to find a web site for Bunratty Tavern. I can't imagine Grump's is too happy about this news. I'd much prefer a Tex/Mex/BBQ restaurant. Oh well.
Emily M August 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
wow, i'm suprised to see so many people who feel the same way as I do about Grumpys. I think Grumpy's is so busy because they basically have a monopoly on that type of atmosphere. It's a captive audience, and they know it. And WTF is going on with these elusive froyo joints? I've been waiting all summer!
CommonSenseCitizen August 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
For me, "Grumpy Doyles" was a welcome addition to the town. As a bit of a beer geek I was happy there was a place I could go within walking distance which offered some interesting selections. As others have mentioned, the food has been sub-par; my wife refuses to go back after a couple bad experiences. When they say "Irish food", I assume they don't simply mean standard pub grub. I really hope this new place has food reminiscent of "The Burren" in Somerville's Davis Square. Back in the day that place had great bangers and mash, as well a fish and chips / side of curry that made my British friend start to cry and want to phone back home to chat with his mum. If they can match that, I'll be there nightly.
Jessica August 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Lets hope Grumpy's will see all of the comments about their poor food and takes this oppertunity to improve their standards.
SFennelly August 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Apparently Reading is not able to have one of something. 2 new frozen yogurt places, neither of which look even close to being ready, and now two irish pubs? I guess it goes with the two fast food restaurants, and 37 pizza places, hair and nail salons. Some originality would be nice!
Carole McGillicuddy August 16, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I'll trade y'all an Asian place for an Irish pub :) here in North Reading\!
Reading foodie August 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
They should have opened an upscale Brazilain steak house/bar. That would be different for reading/north reading and in my opinion would provide a nice medley of choices downtown. Italian, Chinese/Asian, Irish Pub, and Brazilian.
SFennelly August 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
We actually have a couple of those too! :)
SFennelly August 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Ooh that sounds like a great idea!
Eileen M. August 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Amen, Carole!
Rowen O August 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Why isnt Keno in any restaurants in Reading? Or at least I havent seen any since that store next to Dunkin Donuts. I dont get it.
peter lucci August 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Reading Board of Selectmen refuse to allow Keno into Reading. P&S Convenience battled with them over this issue years ago and lost.
Bill Kuechly August 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Keno ended shortly after the Donahue murder. Thats where the lowlife used to hang out.
Rowen O August 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Too bad, it may bring some more business into Reading....I would think the restaurants would love to have that.
Michelle Kramer August 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I just hope that this restaurant is as great a partner to the Reading community as Grumpy's has been. Grumpy's has worked with EMarc, Girl Scouts, the DKJ Foundation, RMHS band and so many other Reading groups. There are many businesses in Reading that have not been as welcoming to our community. And I have to say that I have had some very delicious food at Grumpy's.
M August 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Is it true that neither of the froyo places are going to be going in after all? Just heard it from someone at Bell's...& we were wondering if Perfecto's cafe was EVER going to get put in across street at burned out tux store
Janet August 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I've been to Grumpys several times and we have had wonderful meals. The customer service was excellent as well. Really surprised by some of the comments.
tim kirwan September 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I think Grumpy's got a new chef a few months ago because the food is much improved.
John September 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Keno was never allowed in Reading, P&S or anywhere else. Donahue had zero to do with it.


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