The Irish Embassy Pub

Save our Pub!

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From The Durango Herald:

Before COVID-19 health restrictions claimed his favorite downtown Durango hangout, the Irish Embassy Pub, Sean McCarthy decided to act – organizing a social media fundraising effort to save the place where he plays the bodhrán, an Irish drum, during the Sunday jam sessions.

“I don’t want to see another staple of Main Avenue disappear. You know. It’s been a sad week with The Palace going away,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy has created a Facebook page, Save the Irish Embassy, where donations can be made through PayPal and Venmo. So far, $2,300 has been raised with a goal of raising $50,000.

McCarthy said he’s set up an account at Alpine Bank where donations can be made to the Save the Irish Pub account.

The biggest question McCarthy is getting is: What happens if the $50,000 goal is not raised?

He said he’s tried to make the process transparent, establishing the bank account with Sarah Donaldson, the pub’s majority owner, and donations immediately go to the Irish Embassy to cover operating expenses.

But he admits donations are a risk, there’s no guarantee the $50,000 goal will be reached, and even then, there’s no guarantee that will tide things over beyond winter. But McCarthy said all donations are being immediately conveyed to the Irish Embassy to keep the pub afloat.

Donaldson said the money mainly goes to pay rent, and she said if the $50,000 is raised, that should keep the pub open through winter. The pub typically employs about 30 people with a few more on staff during and Christmas seasons, she said.

The shoulder season, especially November, one of downtown Durango’s slowest months for restaurants, is a particular concern.

“In winter keeping a kind of flow can be a challenge. November, that’s kind of our shoulder season, and we don’t really know what to expect this November,” Donaldson said.

Even Christmas might not be its typical strong month this year, she said, with many businesses opting to cancel Christmas parties.

“It’s stressful. We don’t know really what to expect, and November is tough even in the best of situations,” she said.

While the fundraiser so far has been online, the core group of Irish music fans who jam at the pub are working on organizing some old fashioned in-person events, McCarthy said.

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Breakfast at the Pub

What do a Buckwheat Crepe, Irish Freckle Bread, and a Dutch Baby have in common? They’re all part of the delectable items now being served for breakfast at the Irish Embassy. “We’ve been talking about offering breakfast for a long time now,” said owner Phil Brennan. “We’ve perfected our menu and decided it was finally time.”

That menu includes the items listed above, along with frittatas (both veggie and meat), a scrumptious breakfast wrap, French toast, homemade granola, and of course the traditional Irish breakfast (known at the Embassy as “The Irishman’s Cure”, it consists of bacon, sausage, black and white pudding, eggs, grilled tomato and Irish potatoes in a cream sauce). There are items for every appetite, including vegetarian dishes and a gluten free chocolate torte.

And for those of you still wondering what the heck Irish Freckle Bread is, according to Brennan “it’s a traditional homemade Irish bread with sautéed onions. We use raisins for our ‘freckles’.”

Breakfast at the Pub is now being served seven days a week, from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Click here to see the full menu: Irish Embassy Pub Durango Breakfast Menu

Shaving Heads for a Good Cause

We’re changing things up this year for our Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party, September 17th. We’re sponsoring a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – a cross between St. Patrick and baldness. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for kids with childhood cancer. We’re looking for volunteers to get their head shaved, that evening at the pub. (Phil is signing up so you’d better too!) All volunteers then need to get people to sponsor them to have their head shaved – that’s how we raise the money. Everyone who volunteers will receive a $20 gift card to the Embassy and lots of good karma and brownie points in heaven (if that’s what you believe in). Robert Frank from Euphoria Salon will be our barber for the evening, and we’ll have live music going throughout. So check out our website at sign up to be a shavee, and SPREAD THE WORD!!