Reilly’s rocks Main Street
January 31, 2014
Meet Reilly: he came to the United States from Ireland during the era of Prohibition with one goal in mind, to bring Irish whiskey to the people. He ended up on the Sunset Strip smuggling whiskey via milk carrier routes and also invented a new style of music now called "rock ‘n roll."
However, thanking this man for his contributions to America is impossible. Reilly is a fictional character created by a group of "partners, investors and friends" who started a bar called Rock & Reilly’s in Los Angeles. They have expanded and brought the modern Irish pub to Park City’s historic Main Street.
Matt Greene, operator of the bar, said it made sense to open a Rock & Reilly’s in Park City given the strong influence the town has on Los Angeles because of the Sundance Film Festival. One of the partners involved has come to town for about 10 years and feels like a local, making this one of the first places he wanted to open an additional Rock & Reilly’s.
"We would like to go to Old Town Las Vegas and New York next," Greene said. "We’re constantly looking in multiple cities simultaneously, and we typically want to have local partners."
Their local partner in Park City is Steve Maxwell, and Greene said they are collaborating with him after he was forced out of the building once known as the Main Street Mall, currently undergoing major renovations.
Now Rock & Reilly’s sits next to what he called "the Bermuda triangle," O’Shucks, No Name Saloon and Flanagan’s Irish Bar and Grill. They have been completely supportive, Greene said, and he is grateful to be in such a great spot on Main Street.
Walking into Rock & Reilly’s is like walking into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Original pictures of classic rock stars and rustic décor provide a warm welcome to escape the several feet of snow accumulating throughout town. Greene hopes to keep that feel with the new installment of brass tin tile on the ceiling, which should happen in the next couple of weeks.
"We want our place to feel like ‘Cheers,’ where everybody knows your name," Greene said. "We also want to create a fun atmosphere, which is why we constantly have different promotions going on."
Rock & Reilly’s starts the week off with live music on Sunday nights. They had a band from Nashville, Tenn., perform at the bar a couple of weeks ago, Greene said, and he is hoping to feature more local bands.
Taco Tuesdays feature gourmet tacos for $2 as well as karaoke, $3 sliders not usually featured on the menu are the special on Wednesdays, and Saturday and Sunday feature a "Build Your Own Bloody Mary" bar. From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, select appetizers are half-off. The bar also offers a "Locals" discount of 10 percent off any food ordered.
There is a photo booth located in front of the bar where patrons can snap reminders of their night at Rock & Reilly’s, and Greene said they are currently deciding whether they want to install an air hockey table or some Skee-Ball.
Rock music – ranging from AC/DC to Boston to Bob Dylan – plays over the loudspeakers while a high-definition television sits atop the middle of the Christmas-light adorned liquor display behind the bar, featuring a slideshow of quotes by Reilly, such as "You look like I need a drink."
"I would say the main point of Rock & Reilly’s is to be a fun, energetic and modern take on the classic Irish pub concept," Greene said. "Our biggest focal point is our food, which are not your classic Irish dishes."
The menu features staple pub items like buffalo wings and sliders, but there are also healthy items like red and golden beets with cherry tomatoes and burrata mozzarella. Greene said their grilled cheese was named one of the Top 10 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in the United States by Good Morning America, so they are in the process of replicating the bread they use for the sandwiches in Los Angeles to bring the award-winning sandwich to Park City.
Rock & Reilly’s also features as many rare Irish whiskeys as they can procure. The Los Angeles location houses 48, but it has been harder for them to get those whiskeys in Utah. For the time being, there are about a dozen different whiskeys at the location on Main Street, but Greene said they are working on bringing in more.
Working around Utah liquor laws is never easy, but Greene said they are more than happy to be figuring it out in order to serve the patrons of Main Street.
"It’s been a challenge, but we love this town," Greene said. "It’s worth it."
Rock & Reilly’s