By Matt Starlight
The explosion of new business in the Northgate community continues this semester with the addition of Mahony’s, an Irish bar occupying the space that formerly housed Reginelli’s pizza. The brainchild of Louisiana bar entrepreneur Gary Brown, Mahony’s is the second namesake tavern, the first being located in Houma.
“This is my fourth bar. I started my first one back in ‘06 in Houma, Louisiana and then we started Mahony’s in ‘07 in Houma then came up here and opened the Bald Eagle about three years ago. Now, this is our second Mahony’s,” said Brown.
Recognizing the potential the LSU population has in getting a thriving bar off its feet, Brown tackled the Northgate real estate after having been in the market for a new Mahony’s location for some time.
“We’ve been looking to expand Mahony’s. We looked at Thibodeaux and a few other areas, and that spot seemed like a really good fit so we jumped on it,” said Brown.
The bar will not only serve from their impressive beer collection, but will have a working kitchen as well. In addition to Irish classic shepherd’s pie, the tavern will serve classic American pub food. “We got a number of craft burgers which are very good, priced at around $7-8 with fries. We got a few sandwiches, a debris po-boy, we got a Cuban, which is excellent, as well as a little Thanksgiving sandwich, and a Caesar wrap,” said Brown.
The addition of the kitchen is not surprising. Competing in the food-centric Northgate area will not be an easy task. With newcomer’s like Barcadia and Five Guys, as well as staples like Roul’s and The Chimes on the block, bringing people through the doors for grub alone will be an uphill battle. However, Mahony’s does have a few Irish tricks up its sleeve to reel in the crowds. “A really popular thing in Irish pubs is drinks get cheaper as the nights go on, so on Tuesdays we do reverse happy hour. So, every hour the drinks get a little cheaper all the way until 2,” Brown explained.
They’ll also have plenty more drink specials throughout the week. “We run good specials all through the week for food and drink. Happy hour is a $1.50 off everything from 2-7 every day, so we think we got a good product at a good price point here in the northgate area.”
And it seems they’ll have the space to serve those potent drinks. Brown also boasted that Mahony’s has “the longest bar in Northgate,” as well as the “strongest drink in Baton Rouge,” in their Tiger Fuel, a fruity combination of vodka, rum, and everclear at 12 ounces for $5.
Of course, none of the specials mean much without an inviting atmosphere. On that front, Brown thinks they’re in good shape. “It’s a fun, laid back atmosphere. Casual. We got some real good food and we got a really good beer selection, so we’re hoping for a really good happy hour crowd where professors come in with the adult crowd. And, at night, if the college kids want to come in, we’d love to have them.”
Clearly the Northgate area is expanding as students look for more options after big wins in Death Valley, so Mahony’s is sure to bring in the crowds on those nights. Whether or not they will fill up on less busy nights is yet to be seen, but with a kitchen that’s cookin up classics and impressive drink specials every night of the week, this Northgate newbie seems poised to make a big splash as they serve the LSU population.