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New Owner to place Molly Brannigan's in midst of Erie's exciting redevelopment

Posted on July 26th, 2018 at 10:12 AM
New Owner to place Molly Brannigan's in midst of Erie's exciting redevelopment

Molly Brannigan’s, the Irish pub that transformed Erie dining with its debut a decade ago, is preparing to step back into the downtown scene with style.

The restaurant’s recent purchase by Red Letter Hospitality, the management company behind the popular Cork 1794, Skunk & Goat Tavern and CoreLife Eatery promises to return Molly’s to the toast of downtown.

“Erie is filled with an unprecedented energy and resolve to achieve great things right now,” said Billy Lewis who owns Red Letter Hospitality with partner Greg Brown. “Downtown Erie’s revitalization, led by the Erie Downtown Development Corporation, convinced us that now is the time to invest in the city. We’re thrilled to be a part of these efforts and add Molly’s to our family of restaurants.”

Lewis and Brown will invite local business leaders and neighbors of Molly Brannigan’s to join them for a toast to Erie’s future at the restaurant on
Thursday, July 26th at 3:00 PM.

The restaurant will then shut down in the fall for several weeks of renovations.

“You can expect the same swanky, yet comfortable ambiance of The Skunk & Goat Tavern and The Cork 1794,” said Brown, who wants to keep the feel of an Irish pub, just put Red Letter’ssignature stamp on the décor, food, drink and service. Longtime employee Katie Gallagher will continue to serve Molly’s guests as general manager, he added.

In the kitchen, Red Letter Executive Chef Kristian Young, known for menus that include everything from haute cuisine to pub classics, is working with Molly Brannigan’s Chef Nate Rohrbach to craft a menu that blends traditional Irish fare with healthy, fast options perfect for the downtown lunch crowd.

Blaine Ballard, Red Letter Beverage Manager, is also creating cocktails to add to the lineup of classic Irish, English and local beer on tap behind the beautiful bar brought over from Ireland.

Look for more information, including sneak peeks of Molly’s renovation, new website, menu, drinks and details on the grand re-opening on social media.