Kildare's Irish Pub

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Kildare's Irish Pub
Industry Restaurants, Beer, Pub
Founded May 2003
Founder Dave Magrogan
Number of locations
2 (as of September 2016)
Products Irish and American Cuisine, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Flatbreads, Salads, Desserts, Alcoholic Beverages

Kildare’s is an Irish Pub-themed casual dining restaurant chain and drinking establishment in the United States. It was named after County Kildare, located in Ireland, and it specializes in Irish American cuisine.


Each Kildare’s pub was established by proprietor Dave Magrogan.[1] The interior of the West Chester location was designed by The Irish Pub Company and the company continued to design the other Kildare’s pubs. The first of the locations opened in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on Gay Street in May 2003. The first pub had a startup cost of $1.7 million and included the cost of the building and liquor license. Renovations to the building cost an additional $700,000.[2] The pub’s success is credited with turning Gay Street into a hotspot for food and shopping [3]

Another Kildare’s opened in Philadelphia in 2004. The second pub of the chain is bigger than the first with 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2). Throughout the restaurant there are various snugs, and it has an open room that can store up to 60 kegs of beer. The pub also has an official replica of St. James's Gate at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin where the beer is brewed and shipped.[4] Shortly after the opening of the pub’s second location, Kildare’s was opened in Manayunk, a section of Philadelphia, in 2004. The opening of the Scranton pub soon followed.[5] Kildare’s Newark, Delaware location was the first Kildare’s opened outside of Pennsylvania in 2008.[6] The pub's most recent openings were in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in April 2010 and in Notre Dame, Indiana in August 2010.[5]

The pub has been featured in various business publications such as Smart Business Philadelphia and Philadelphia Business Journal.[7]


Each location was designed and built in order to replicate Old Ireland by the Irish Pub Company, a pub concept designer based in Dublin, Ireland. The interior was built in Ireland and then shipped to the United States.[8] In each pub, there are five themes that are represented in different areas of the restaurant. The five themes are: Victorian, Cottage, Shop, Brewery, and Gaelic.[9] Within the area of each theme there are authentic trademarks, furnishings, and replicas of Irish figures that coordinate with the specified theme.[10]


  1. ^ Bloom, Jerry (November 30, 2006), "Dining Around... at Kildare’s Irish Pub in Media" (PDF), City Suburban News, Ocean City, NJ, p. 7 
  2. ^ McRorie, Jessica (May 13, 2003), "Luck (and cash) of the Irish?" (PDF), Daily Local News, West Chester, PA, pp. A1–A2 
  3. ^ Alzamora, Greg (October 2003), "Business is Booming in West Chester Borough" (PDF), Town Talk Community Guide, West Chester, PA, p. 52 
  4. ^ Moran, Sarah E. (March 5, 2004), "Investing in Irish" (PDF), Daily Local News, West Chester, PA, pp. B1–B4 
  5. ^ a b Klein, Michael (January 6, 2009). "Kildare's Head House Square changes hands". 
  6. ^ Ruth, Eric (April 22, 2008), "Pa. Restaurateur Making Move Into Del.", Delaware Online, Wilmington, DE, p. 1 
  7. ^ Lear, Len (October 26, 2006), Chiropractor owner of Kildare's Pubs has real backbone (PDF), 
  8. ^ Van Allen, Peter (October 2006), "Pub Chain Imports Genuine Irish Scene" (PDF), Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia, PA, pp. B4 
  9. ^ Leister, Tempe, "The Bloody Irish Take Over the Pubs" (PDF), Philly2Night, Philadelphia, PA, p. 1 
  10. ^ Moran, Sarah E., "Kildare's owner to open two more restaurants" (PDF), The Daily Local, King of Prussia, PA, pp. B1–B4