Strongsville, OH

A new restaurant has opened in Strongsville

Isla Chiu

A new restaurant has come to SouthPark Mall.

On March 23, the Hooley Pub & Kitchen–a restaurant and bar chain based in Mentor–opened in the space left vacant by the closure of Bar Louie in 2020.

This is the fifth location of Hooley Pub & Kitchen, which also has locations in Westlake, Brooklyn, Mentor, and Montrose.

Hooley is Irish slang for a party, and in keeping with the name, the chain strives to have a fun atmosphere with plenty of good food and drinks.

Hooley's appetizers include Irish egg rolls (which are filled with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss), potato skins, jumbo Bavarian pretzels, boxty tots (which are fried Irish potato pancake balls), and carnivore tots (which are tater tots topped with corned beef, sauteed onions, melted cheese, chipotle ranch drizzle, and a sunny side up egg).

Their menu also has Irish-American entrees such as their Irish stuffed boxty (which is a potato pancake filled with corned beef and Swiss cheese), shepherd's pie, fish and chips (which feature 4 Guinness-battered cod fillets), and Irish stew, which is prepared with beef, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and Guinness gravy.

In addition, they have corned beef sandwiches including a traditional Reuben, Hooley Reuben (in addition to corned beef and Swiss, this sandwich comes with a boxty and hooley sauce), and Cleveland corned beef, which has Swiss and stadium mustard. They also have burgers, melts, and wraps.

If you're currently observing Lent, the restaurant has a variety of Lent-friendly options. In addition to fish and chips, Hooley offers a fish sandwich, grilled cheese, Norwegian salmon, a tuna melt, and a white cheddar mac and cheese bake.

If you have room for dessert, check out the fried Dublin dough balls, which are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and come with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce.

Furthermore, Hooley has a wide selection of beers on tap (the new Strongsville location has 30) and happy hour on Monday to Friday from 3 to 7 PM. If beer isn't your thing, Hooley has wine and specialty cocktails including their signature apple pie shots.

If you want to check it out, the new Hooley Pub & Kitchen location is at 500 Southpark Center, #GL10, Strongsville, OH 44136. It's open Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 11 PM and Friday to Saturday from 11 AM to midnight (the kitchen closes an hour prior to closing time).

You can make reservations here.

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