O’Shea’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has been around since the 80s, and a mainstay in the Highlands for twenty years now. Since they opened on Baxter Ave in 1994, the O’Shea family restaurants have also popped up in other spots around Louisville. Most recently they opened Patrick O’Shea’s, a massive 15,000 square foot, hundred year old building that has been beautifully restored right in the middle of Central Downtown near the KFC Yum! Center. With all the great changes Louisville is experiencing, Tom O’Shea sees an opportunity to bring his pub and restaurant across the Ohio River to Jeffersonville, IN.
A Grand Opening
The grand opening of the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge this past May brings an amazing opportunity for new businesses in Jeffersonville’s downtown area along the river. While the Louisville side of the river is mostly spoken for already, downtown Jeffersonville is in a unique position for growth. Don’t be surprised if Tom O’Shea isn’t the only Louisville business owner expanding into the Jeff market.
O’Shea says that his new restaurant in Jeffersonville will fall more in line with the trending “fast casual” style of dining. Instead of being waited on, you will order from the counter. The menu itself will be pretty simple, and all items will be a la carte. Burgers, Fish and Chips, hand cut fries, milkshakes, spiked shakes, and craft beer will be on hand as well.
O’Shea has been working with Jeffersonville officials as well as the local preservation board to come up with an acceptable plan for the restoration of the historic building that O’Shea’s will occupy at 347 Spring St next to Schimpff’s Candies. The renovation includes restoring the the facade of the building. Architectural Artisans, who renovated the building on Whiskey Row that houses Patrick O’Shea’s, will most likely be doing the work.
According to Insider Louisville, O’Shea hopes to be open by the fall of this year, however he says that if it isn’t ready by then, they will push the grand opening to St Patrick’s Day 2015. Either way, you can expect to see some really cool changes on the other side of the river. Changes that will bode well for both Louisville and Jeffersonville.
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