September 2018

Market Minute


Take a look at some of Mike’s adventures in Chicago! See where we grab our pork for our Monday night pork chops. […]

Market Minute2018-09-24T14:21:09+00:00

June 2018

Steaky Summer Saturdays!


I am looking for a way to spark up our Saturdays in the Summer. I take my walk down by the river to think about it. I have a new steak on the fresh menu. It’s a rib steak, notice that I did not say rib eye because that is what most call it, but [...]

Steaky Summer Saturdays!2018-06-29T14:13:54+00:00

March 2018

St. Pat’s All Over Again


It hardly seems possible that another year has gone by. It seems like only yesterday I was looking forward to my first preservative free St. Patrick’s Day. Last year we had been preservative free for about six months when we faced the specter of making our own corned beef. It was a daunting proposition. We [...]

St. Pat’s All Over Again2018-05-22T19:16:43+00:00

December 2017

October 2017

Kennedy at the Irish Rose


Join us for a Meet and Great with Illinois Governor candidate Chris Kennedy on Saturday, October 21st! Enjoy drinks and complementary appetizers with Chris and his family and friends from 8 to 10, followed by the music of local favorites Tentacles Everywhere. Help us reach 10,000 signatures for Kennedys petition to get on the ballot!

Kennedy at the Irish Rose2018-05-22T19:16:53+00:00

September 2017

Missing Jose


I really miss my friend and kitchen manager, Jose. He was with me for more than twenty years and he was my strong right arm. I never had to worry about training kitchen help, whether we would have a dishwasher or how we would fill a shift in the kitchen. He was fabulous at inventory [...]

Missing Jose2018-05-22T19:16:58+00:00

August 2017

The Rose Turns


I know a lot of my customers see me sitting at the little bar in my king seat and they think that is all I do. I thought I would take you on a journey through this last week and try to give you an idea what it is to own the Irish Rose in [...]

The Rose Turns2018-05-22T19:17:02+00:00

July 2017

Fourth of July


I rise early on the Fourth because I have a Kennedy coming, Bobby and Ethyl’s son who ran the Merchandise Market in Chicago and who is now running for Governor of Illinois, coming to the Irish Rose on his birthday, yes, he was born on the fourth of July. For a guy who owns the [...]

Fourth of July2018-05-22T19:17:05+00:00

Kennedy Did – Hillary Didn’t


Back in 1992 the Irish Rose had been in existence at the present location for a little more than a year. It was to be our second St. Pat’s Day in the new location. Bill Clinton was running for President. We were asked if his wife Hillary could come to the Irish Rose on St. [...]

Kennedy Did – Hillary Didn’t2018-05-22T19:17:16+00:00

If At First You Don’t Succeed


It is an exciting week getting ready for Tuesday and Chris Kennedy’s visit. We are late getting our posts done because Cari Ann is out of town. So, before she comes back we must have a meeting with the staff to get organized for the event. Fortunately, Alderman Rose can be at the meeting allowing [...]

If At First You Don’t Succeed2018-05-22T19:17:19+00:00
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