"More than just a golf course restaurant" is the idea behind Oh Brian's On the Green, the latest addition to the Clark restaurant scene that celebrated its grand opening this fall.
The new gastropub and bar is finding success in a space that's seen many others – most recently, Senorita's – come and go, says owner Brian Costello.
Costello and co-owner and chef Brian Walter took over the space in June, operating as Hyatt Hills Pub, but waited until after the golf season to renovate and rebrand.
"The other businesses here seemed to be successful some months because of the location and the golf, but we view this as a restaurant where people should come who may not have ever been to the golf course," says Costello. "That's the most important part of what we’re trying to do – be a destination restaurant 12 months out of the year. That’s why this place hasn’t had long-term success as much as they wanted – it was season based. It wasn’t about great food."
The new menu has a wide range of choices – from traditional pub fare like fish and chips and burgers to more refined options like filet mignon and red snapper.
"The concept is gastropub and it meets that definition a thousand percent," says Walter. "You can dress casual and still have an awesome meal, either spending on higher-end items or just having a burger and beer."
In addition to the revamped menu, the Brians have also revamped the space. The wall separating the pub area from the dining area has been removed, they added a whopping 11 flat-screen TVs, removed carpet in the bar area and added other touches to complete the new look, including a big mural on the back wall.
"The wall was the most important thing," says Costello. "We wanted to integrate the environments and didn’t want diners to feel separate from the pub area. And there's not another place around here with TVs set up like we have. We want to be the place where people come to watch games and sporting events."
The wall also can be closed up, he says, to create a space for private events. Oh Brian's also offers offsite catering.
In addition the to food and space, Oh Brian's has new entertainment offerings.
"Our goal is to have live entertainment of some sort every Thursday, Friday and Saturday," says Costello.
So far they've booked everything from acoustic solos to rocking cover bands, comedy nights and even appearances from a dueling pianos duo.
So far, Costello says, customers seem happy with the change.
"The response has been great," he says. "The overwhelming majority have told us the food is outstanding and we have a real variety of customers, and from lots of nearby communities, not just Clark – from guys hitting golf balls who come for a quick burger, to a family with kids coming for dinner out or a couple on a date night."
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