Molly Blooms has beer
April 10, 2009
Irish pubs are definitely catching on in Utah. Every community of decent size boasts at least one, and now the Snyderville Basin has its very own: Molly Blooms. The grand opening is tonight, starting at 8 p.m.
One of the managers, Joe Oswald, is from the South Side of Chicago where anything else is a novelty.
"There’s nothing but Irish pubs there," he said.
Looking at national trends, Irish pubs have a high success rate, he said.
"They tend to do well. They have a very warm feel," he said.
The name comes from a character in James Joyce’s "Ulysses" and "has a nice ring to it, a warm name," he added.
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Kimball Junction is the right place, and now is the right time for Molly Blooms, Oswald said.
Main Street is a coveted area, but the locals market is pretty slim. About 10,000 people live in Old Town. The Basin has 40,000. It’s a slow economy, but the growth of Newpark and the Landmark Drive area is putting Kimball Junction on the map, he said.
To save money, Oswald and four or five other people including the owners remodeled the space themselves. Now the unit that used to be an exercise center next to Park City Roasting Company and the Post Office is a warm restaurant with a full liquor bar and 15 drafts on tap.
Like any pub, Molly Blooms serves burgers, onion rings and hot wings.
But Molly Blooms is a family dining experience, Oswald explained.
The dinner options include stuffed burgers, Ruben sandwiches, Shrimp Po’ Boy, meatloaf, crab cakes, ribs and even trout.
Chef Brett Miltenberger is especially proud of their Irish fare, Oswald said. Beef stew, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie are all authentic and reasonably priced.
One of the many hats Oswald wears is talent manager. He’s proud to call Swagger and its smaller version Three Blind Mice his house bands.
Molly Blooms will have live music five nights a week, playing mostly Celtic tunes.
The bar, stage, seating and pool tables are all complete, but the restaurant/pub is still a work in progress, Oswald explained. The walls are still a little bare for his liking and their sign hasn’t arrived yet. Future plans include booths, patio seating and a wood-burning stove.
But the most important things are inherent in the location, he said. Molly Blooms has an excellent westward-facing view of the mountains and Utah Olympic Park. There is adequate parking that actually improves in the evening.
Other restaurants and clubs in the area don’t create competition, he said, but help create a nightlife that will draw people out of the numerous hotels and up from Salt Lake City as well as the surrounding neighborhoods, he said.
"We’ll give people options in Kimball Junction with different atmospheres and different foods," he said.
Customer Wade Williams said he was impressed by the beer selection, the food and the music. He had the beef stew and "liked it a lot," he said. Customer Jesse Dillon said there was someone playing acoustic guitar when he went in that set a nice mood. He’s had two different sandwiches and enjoyed them both.
"It’s definitely more than just pub food. They’ve got entrees and a trout dish I want to try next time I go in. Really tasty stuff even the side salad. Anytime I go to the Junction, I’ll probably stop by," he said.
The general manager is Kim Wessel and the licensee holder is Howard Pulitzer.
1680 West Ute Blvd.