Kildare Irish American Pub

Marquette business opens in time for St. Patrick’s Day

Offering Irish and American cuisine at a fair price, Kildare Irish American Pub opened March 7 and is located at 142 W. Washington St., Marquette. (Journal photo by Jaymie Depew)

MARQUETTE — A new pub in Marquette has opened just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Kildare Irish American Pub opened its doors March 7 and will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, offering a full bar and menu for those out on the town during the holiday.

“We’re built for St. Paddy’s Day,” said owner Rick Overbey. “We’ve got corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew, the fish and chips, which is haddock beer-battered with Harp lager (an Irish import).”

Kildare serves traditional Irish meals with a unique spin on them, Overbey said.

“We’re an Irish American pub, so we tried to put a little twist on the menu,” he said.

Andrew Conway, Kildare’s kitchen manager, noted that the shepherd’s pie is disassembled instead of cooked as a casserole like the traditional Irish dish.

“Even though it looks slightly different, it’s so good — especially with the Guinness gravy we put on it,” he said.

Kildare also offers a variety of sandwiches, including a “paddy” melt, pub reuben, Irish dip and its signature Kildare burger — a 2/3 pound burger with applewood bacon, onion straws, barbecue made with Jameson whiskey, Guinness beer cheese and bleu cheese crumbles.

All sandwiches come with a choice of pub fries, tater tots, sweet potato fries, onion rings or coleslaw on the side.

There are also several appetizers or “pub starters,” such as Irish nachos, which comes with tater tots and corned beef, Guinness beer cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, scallions and jalapenos; pretzel logs and Guinness beer cheese; loaded mashed potato cakes; fried pickle chips and ranch; and cheese curds and marinara.

For something on the lighter side, Kildare offers a variety of fresh salads as well.

Kildare carries 12 beers on tap — including several Irish beers — Guinness stout and blond, Harp, Smithwick’s and Killian’s, as well as a variety of Michigan craft brews. The pub is celebrating its establishment and St. Patrick’s Day by offering $3 pints of Guinness stout and blond for a limited time only.

Although the pub’s only been open a little over a week, Overbey said it’s received a lot of positive feedback on social media.

The pub, which is located at 142 Washington St., was home to the Recovery Room for several years. Prior to that, it was the Wild Rover — an Irish pub that closed around 2015.

“When we got this building, it was just kind of a no-brainer to bring it back to what it used to be several years ago — an Irish pub,” Overbey said. “It’s the perfect building for something like this.”

Kildare, which is named after a small city and county in Ireland, has capacity for about 66 people. Once the warm weather arrives, Overbey said they’ll have outdoor seating available as well.

The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the bar open until midnight. Although the pub is tentatively closed on Sundays and Mondays, St. Patrick’s Day is an exception this year.

For more information, visit Kildare’s Facebook page.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is