New Irish Pub Will Offer 'Something For Everybody,' Owners Say

Hibernia, on Turnpike Street, is set to open at the end of November.

Barry Flynn and Denis Keohane have never been the types to pass up on a good opportunity.

So, when a mutual friend told them about the possibility of opening a new restaurant in Easton, the two Irish-born men jumped at the idea.

"A mutual friend of ours owned this place after it got foreclosed," Keohane said. "He told us about it. We pondered it a little while and then we realized that there was an opening for another Catwalk-type place up here."

Keohane, Flynn, and Flynn's wife Cathy own the Catwalk Bar and Grille in downtown New Bedford. The Flynns also own Hibernia Irish Pub, which is located around the corner from the Catwalk.

The new Easton location, located on route 138 (Turnpike Street) in the building that formerly housed The 402, is set to open at the end of November. It will bear the name "Hibernia" as well.

The owners said they hope to set themselves apart from other area restaurants. Live music will be Saturday nights and "Pub Quiz" will likely be held every Tuesday. The restaurant will sport a menu featuring many "Irish Pub" type foods, and the bar will have 30 beers on tap. The establishment will also have 15 televisions.

Perhaps what will set Hibernia apart the most, though, will take place on Monday nights with a tradition Flynn and Keohane are bringing over from the homeland.

"We’re going to have Irish Sessions," said Keohane. "It’s when people come in with their violins and banjos and they sit in the corner and they just play."

Keohane traveled to the United States in 1988 and has since become a real estate developer and investor in the Boston and New Bedford area. Flynn traveled to America in 1994 in search of a job before meeting Cathy, who grew in Charlestown.

The two Irishmen met at one of Keohane's job sites in Boston. Since then, along with Cathy, the tandem has gone into business together. The Catwalk was opened in 2002 in what was then considered a "bad location."

"We rehabbed it," said Keohane. "People said it wouldn’t work. It was lower Union Street and wasn’t a great location, but all we could see was cobblestone, brick sidewalks and waterfront, and we changed the face of lower Union Street.

I do a lot of Real Estate Seminars. One of the things that always comes up is you never rule out the power of one person changing a neighborhood."

While the new Hibernia in Easton poses a much different scenario, the Flynns and Keohane are looking to add something new to the area, right down to the decor. The restaurant will sport a mix between bar seats, booths and tables, and the centerpiece will be an open-flame fireplace.

The three are also excited to join the Easton community.

"As we’ve been here during construction, many people have stopped by," Cathy Flynn said. "People have stopped by Hibernia in New Bedford or called and left messages like ‘when are you going to open? We’re very excited about it.' So, the community has been very welcoming."

Between the food, the activities, the televisions and the beer list, the new owners are hoping to have something for everyone.

"We’re hoping to have a very broad range [of clientele]," Barry Flynn said. "We’re going to cover everybody."

b October 27, 2011 at 04:36 PM
The question is will they do it right and shut off the 15 TV's on Monday nights for a proper session or will they straddle the sports bar "close to Stonehill" line and kick the sessiun out for Monday Night Football. That will be the true test. Oh and please re-write the artice and replce formally the 402 with it's proper Irish roots, formerly The Blackthorne..... Thanks....
Shakey October 27, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I miss the old Blackthorne as well, don't like all the TV's and Keno, miss the atmosphere of sitting in front of the fire listening to acoustic music. The former owner Barnes was a great host, he made everyone feel at home. Hope the new place can recreate some of this.
Keven November 22, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Gotta Agree, lose most all the TV's and Keno. Anybody can get that around the corner at Charlie Horse or up the street at Stoneforge (Two completely different social styles). If you want a couple of them put them way at the back of the bar. out of sight from the dining area. Nothing more distracting from a date than that. One up point: You do have me interested in "30 Beers on tap" Now that's more like it.
Denis Keohane December 21, 2011 at 01:14 AM
A few people mentioned Keno - there is NO keno there. Its a fabulous place and already is proving to be everything these guys said it would be.
Sinclair December 21, 2011 at 03:31 AM
A history could be written about this location beginning with the twin Blood brothers "Pickle Barrel Room" and their great Dixieland Jazz nights. Gene played the drums and George the trumpet. Both were originally schooled in (classical) music at OAHS by the late Mr. Robert King. Mr. King planted the seeds of classical music appreciation for all of us, and it all started in the third grade at the North Easton Grammer School. Ironically, the old grammer school is currently owned by a man named King.
Terry March 11, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Sorry it was bad, they forgot our appetizer and brought it with dinner, Dinner was shepherds pie which was tasteless hamburger with spaghetti sauce, over priced, small dish with small mounds of mashed potatoes. Shrimp scampi had no flavor, shrimp were done well but had no taste, no garlic at all in the scampi sauce, over priced for half a dish of linguine. Meat loaf was just baked hamburger, canned gravy and over done peas.. Waitress was ok but never came over once she heard she forgot our appetizer, only came back when we were finished. Not a good place for dinner, had plenty of beers so maybe just come for a drink and go some place else for dinner... was very disappointed.
Sinclair March 12, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Terry: I'm curious and I think I'll give this place a try. Your description sounds interesting and worth a visit. If I discover that it doesn't meet the fundamental standards of what one would expect of this simple kind of food, I'll return here to describe my experience. The restaurant business is notoriously known to indulge in shortcuts by using canned, prepared products, processed foods and instant mashed potatoes supplied by their wholesalers. Managers write their menus to romance their offerings, leading one to think that an executive chef is responsible for the kitchen creations. Too often, the kitchen employs someone who performs at the level of a "short order cook", is limited with cheap supplies, and the owners are only interested in selling profitable booze.
Jimmy Donnelly August 11, 2012 at 02:21 PM
After being there 3 times in the last month and a half, I will be very surprised if the Hibernia doesnt close before Christmas. The owners have simply given up. Beyond the poor food quality and the high beer prices, there is zero...and I mean zero customer service.
Trzcinski Cheryl November 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM
food is terrible , beer prices are way too high and service is horrible.....
Trzcinski Cheryl November 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM


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