DALLAS TWP. — A place of friendship and a relaxed atmosphere mixed with good food and drinks sums up the Back Mountain’s newest dining establishment named Clancy’s Bar and Grill.
The eatery, located in the Twin Stacks Center, will bring an Irish flair to the region with lunch and dinner menus and a separate bar that will feature a variety of beer and liquor, co-owner Leigh Clancy said.
Clancy and her business partner John Augustinski, a graduate of West Side Career and Technical Center in Kingston, hope to re-create the vibe of her family’s business, Clancy’s Bar in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland. Clancy said her family owned the Irish establishment for at least 80 years.
Clancy, who lived in Ireland for 14 years, described the family’s pub as a friendly, laid back place that provided a relaxed feeling of being in someone’s living room.
The duo are not new to the restaurant industry.
Clancy and Augustinski previously ran Clancy’s Cafe and Creamery in Hyde Park, N.Y. Their business lease was ending, and they opted to look for a new venue to expand services, she said.
Augustinski’s daughter, Angela Keener of Kingston, told him about the Dallas Township restaurant space up for sale.
Augustinski and Clancy traveled from Hudson Valley, N.Y. to see the location and fell in love with the facility and surrounding area.
The bi-level floor plan was what they wanted to create an Irish-American venue.
The lower level will be a bar with 16 beer taps, four of which will feature Irish beers, a selection of whiskey from around the world and other spirits and live entertainment on the lower level.
The upper floor will be a dining room where entrees such as shepherd’s pie, ham and cabbage and Irish stew along with steak, fish and chips, and burgers and fries.
“We will make anything for anybody at any time as long as we have the ingredients,” Clancy said.
Clancy said Chef Jim Noone, a local chef with 30 years of experience, is working on creating a variety of daily menu specials.
Clancy and Augustinski plan to hire 30 employees to manage the lunch, dinner and late night shifts.
“We will offer a limited late night menu,” she said.
A separate room on the upper level will provide space for private parties or conferences, Clancy said.
“We could sit 40 to 50 people and cater the food,” she said.
Clancy’s Bar and Grill is tentatively slated to open mid-September pending liquor license approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Clancy said.