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Pub brings Irish charm to post

Story and photo by Samantha B. Koss

Special to the Mountaineer

The Ivy Irish Pub, a new lunch and dinner choice with an Irish atmosphere, opened for business

Oct. 14 at the Elkhorn Conference Center  following its transformation from “The Ivy Patch.”

Guests stepped through gates as they entered the softly lit pub decorated with dark-wood furnishings and hardwood floors leading to a fireplace.

“When you walk into an Irish pub you feel so welcome, it engulfs you in comfort,” said Martha Jackson, manager and designer of The Ivy Irish Pub. “That’s what we want to bring to the Soldiers … we want them just to feel welcome, this is their place.”

Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, welcomed guests to the new establishment before sampling its menu.

“This facility is for you all,” he said. “Use it and enjoy it.”

With standing room only, Soldiers and civilians packed into The Ivy for an hour of free menu and beverage samples.

“It’s not just a bar, it’s a place where you can have a different kind of meal and stay close to home,” Jackson said.

The Elkhorn Conference Center is mostly surrounded by post housing, which makes The Ivy a close-to-home dining option for post residents.

“The food is excellent,” said Capt. Derek Wilson, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “(The Ivy) is a great lunch alternative to the same old fast food around post.”

For lunch, guests can enjoy Irish ale battered fish and chips along with the pub’s many other house specials.

“You don’t have to leave post for good food for prices that are cheaper compared to off-post competitors,” Jackson said.

The grill is open every Wednesday and Friday from 5-8 p.m.; on other nights, the Foxhole’s Borriello Brothers pizza menu is available for dinner.

“Guests can order Borriello Brothers and have it delivered on site while they watch their favorite football team play,” Jackson said, referring to the pub’s National Football League Sunday Ticket feature.

Open Sunday-Friday, The Ivy features discounts and specials, from a $2 hot dog and nacho bar on Monday nights to “Comrades Night” on Fridays with social hour from 4-6 p.m.

“We got everything you need,” Jackson said. “You don’t need to leave post … we got it covered.”

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