Willoughby, OH

A new restaurant has opened in Willoughby

Isla Chiu

The eastside suburb of Willoughby has a new place to get some grub.

On March 23, Finnegan's opened its doors. The new establishment in Willoughby is a family-owned Irish-American pub and restaurant. Finnegan's opened at the former location of Chagrin River Pub, which is planning to open at a new location in the near future.

Finnegan's is working on expanding its menu, but right now, you can get appetizers like pickle fries, pretzels and house-made beer cheese, beer-battered onion rings, stuffed mushrooms (which are white button mushrooms filled with a blend of cheeses, spinach, and panko crumbs), and wings, which can be tossed in one of these sauces: BBQ, buffalo, garlic parmesan, Bloody Mary, and Allie's Cajun dry rub.

As for entrees, you can get a burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, and your choice of cheese (cheese options include American, Swiss, blue cheese, and pepper jack) plus a side of house chips. Finnegan's also offers fish and chips, which feature two beer-battered cod fillets, house chips, and coleslaw.

In addition, the menu has corned beef and cabbage (the corned beef is cooked in-house), potato pancakes (which are topped with beer cheese, bacon bits, and scallions and come with sour cream on the side), a Reuben (which contains shaved corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut between slices of marbled rye plus a side of house chips and Thousand Island dressing), and Guinness-battered shrimp.

Besides house chips, Finnegan's has additional sides such as plank fries, mashed potatoes, cabbage medley, baked potato, and onion rings.

If you like trivia, you should check out Finnegan's on Tuesdays, which is when the pub holds trivia nights.

Finnegan's will also have live music on select nights. On April 1, Andy DiLiello from the Porch Rockers Band is performing from 7 PM to 10 PM.

So far, Finnegan's has been well-received by customers. A customer named Danielle wrote in a Google review:

Stuffed mushrooms are amazing and corned beef is absolutely delicious! Staff is very friendly and welcoming!

Another named Chris wrote:

Great place to grab a good burger and a cold beer! Friendly service

If you want to check out Finnegan's, it's located at 38464 Lakeshore Blvd, Willoughby, OH 44094. The pub is open Monday to Thursday from 11 AM to 11 PM, Friday to Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM, and Sunday from 12 PM to 9 PM.

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