SALAMANCA — A little bit of Ireland has come to the east side of Salamanca at 56 Hickory St. Patrons can shake off a long day with a pint of Guinness beer and enjoy a meal of good Irish fare at Ole Hickory Tavern, Irish Pub & Grill.
The Irish-themed pub and grill, owned by Gary, Jamie and Kathryn Thrush of Salamanca, opened for business July 25. The Thrush family purchased the tavern, which has been in the Nies family since 1958. According to Gary, the Nies claim to be the first people in town to start selling fish fries at their bar. He said Nies was popular back when the railroad in Salamanca was busy.
The Thrushes took possession Feb. 29 and have been working on the building, which Gary said is an ongoing project and always will be.
“After we bought the building and knew we were going to do an Irish theme, we went to Buffalo to a couple of Irish pubs,” he said. “We took pictures and brought back the best ideas.”
Gary said Irish runs in both his and Kathryn’s blood. He said she was a Cooney and he is half Irish from his mother’s side. Five years ago, while visiting Ireland, they ate lunch and dinner at small Irish pubs and loved the theme and unique atmosphere it created. They always thought it would be neat to open an Irish pub, and the trip inspired them.
* This is a partial story. The full story can be found in the Aug. 9, 2012 edition of The Salamanca Press and online in the e-edition. *