Remember Tecole? It’s now called the BlackFriar Pub, and it is furnished with some of the innards from the Hard Rock. I don’t know how Feargal does it. Just down the street from the Old Monk, he has opened the Capitol Pub. Does the new place cannibalize the old? Not to my eye. Both seems busy. And now he opens a bar directly across the street from his other bar, the Idle Rich. You can’t stop him. And it doesn’t even look like you can contain him. The full release about the BlackFriar:
Update: Shame on me. The Capitol Pub ain’t a Feargal joint. To my misinformation giver: you will pay.
BlackFriar Pub is now open. It is located at 2621 McKinney Avenue in the old frame house directly across the street from The Idle Rich Pub. It is a small, cozy pub with a great covered porch, side patio and beer garden. Much of the interior was, until a few weeks ago, in the VIP room of The Hard Rock Cafe, which was torn down over the last few days. These old hand-carved prayer panels, ceiling panels, gothic arches and furnishings were shipped from a castle in England belonging to Pete Townshend of The Who. The workmanship on these intricate hand-chiseled panels is simply wonderful — each panel telling a story.
The pub offers a well-chosen selection of 11 permanent taps and one rotater plus a wide selection of bottled beers with an emphasis on the beers of Northern Europe. We have a nice list of Irish whiskey and Scotch, which should help us get through this cold snap. The food menu offers many pub classics including cheeseboards, fish and chips and chicken-leek pie. Burgers are cooked over live mesquite wood and are offered with toppings including stilton, chipotle salsita and avocado, and tobacco onion strings with barbeque-cider sauce.