With a desire to make the Scotia Inn pub the neighborhood gathering place, Eureka's Gallagher's Irish Pub has opened a second location in the former company-owned town.
At a "soft" grand opening and a full house in the pub on Friday, Feb. 6, owner Reed Paden said he received a lot of positive feedback and is excited about doing business in Scotia.
"Everyone seemed very happy to see the pub up and running," he said. "We want it to be a neighborhood pub .... There aren't too many of those left."
There are some modifications being contemplated for the pub, Paden said.
"We want to make it more of a bar and less of a restaurant," he said, "but there will be food available there."
Other plans being considered are replacing the current linoleum floor with a hardwood floor, putting in new refrigeration and a new bar, and expanding the number of beers available on tap.
Paden said he's also determined to revive fine dining upstairs at the Scotia Inn.
"We will keep the Gallagher menu (pub fare) available, but also offer a fine dining menu as well, with multi-course dinners for one price and a good selection of wines," he said.
The fine dining restaurant will be called something other than Gallagher's, although a name has not yet been determined. Fine dining at the Scotia Inn is expected to be available in late May or June.
Several special events are already being planned for the new Scotia location, including a St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 17 featuring the Emerald Coast Dancers and music from Good Company.
Sunday brunches are being planned for Easter and Mother's Day with food served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We'll see how it goes," said Paden, "and possibly offer Sunday brunches every weekend after that."
Gallagher's Irish Pub Scotia location will be open Wednesday through Monday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Food will be available starting at 5 p.m. each of those days. The business will be closed on Tuesdays.
Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon
A celebration toast is offered to owner Kathy Paden (behind the bar, left) and server Terry Parker at the new Gallagher's Irish Pub at the Scotia Inn.