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MacCool’s pub slates Aug. 1 opener

By Mark Warde

Finn MacCool’s pub in downtown Ennis is moving toward an Aug. 1 opening. Located between El Mexicano Grill and the Emporium at 207 W. Ennis Ave., the bar will occupy space in the two-story building that once housed Salon 207. The structure has sat idle since the 2013 tornado, which did serious damage to parts of the city, including buildings along the avenue.

Several investors, led by Fran McCarthy and owner Robert Holt, have caused the property to morph into a refurbished old-world style Irish pub. The first MacCool’s, at 1700 8th Ave. in Fort Worth, was constructed similarly.

“Both were older structures,” said Holt of Cowtown’s 1929 building and the 1920 Ennis structure.  “The similarities are interesting, starting with the same motif. Fort Worth has a 42-foot cherrywood bar. It compares to the new 35-footer in Ennis. One has exposed brick walls, the other doesn’t.”

Holt, a 61-year old El Paso native, pointed to the atmosphere each location is geared to emulate; a cozy neighborhood pub. Once the doors open, matching dart boards and pool tables will follow.

“We’re keeping an old charm, complete with a décor that includes banners,” he added. An element Holt hopes to see develop is being creatively twinned with Ennis, Ireland, a coastal town of 25,360 known for its railways and traditional Irish music.

The new pub will be managed by Ginger Steinman, 38, of Mansfield. She recently joined the Ennis Downtown Merchants and Friends Association.

A checklist of remaining to-dos includes securing permits for plumbing and another for signage, which is much the same as its Fort Worth location. The interior build-out is nearing completion, which only leaves final approval with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The project is part of several others downtown, all by a group named Behind the Curtain. In six weeks their first curtain will reveal the new Finn MacCool’s.

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