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

June 2017

Where the Irish Rose’s Food Comes From


We manufacture almost everything from basic ingredients. We do not make the cheese or churn the butter, we do not make the imported linguini or the Eiffel Tower mustard, but everything else is made in house from basic ingredients, including the breads, all the salad dressings, all the sauces (even catsup and mayonnaise). Pork: Our [...]

Where the Irish Rose’s Food Comes From2018-05-22T19:17:23+00:00

March 2017

Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day 2017


This has been quite a year for us at the Rose. Jose leaving us unexpectedly was a hard thing to get through. No time has been more difficult than now when we are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, usually our biggest day, week of the year. This year however was complicated by the fact [...]

Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day 20172018-05-22T19:17:28+00:00
Go to Top