December 16th, 2011
Brian R. Ball, Business First
The Three-Legged Mare is operating at full strength in the Arena District after a bit of a soft opening.
Co-owner Natalie Darr said the pub served food—sans alcohol—Monday to family and friends, allowing the staff an opportunity to tweak a few recipes and get in another piece of equipment. It began stocking beer and spirits Wednesday after receiving its state liquor license.
“We opened (Wednesday) at 5 o’clock and for lunch (Thursday),” she said.
“We had a lot of our regulars from the district come in,” Darr said. “It’s been all positive feedback so far.”
The lack of Guinness on Monday may have proved important to that solid opening.
“We all joked we’d get honest feedback that way,” Darr said.
The Three-Legged Mare replaces O’Shaughnessy’s Public House, which closed in April after nearly 11 years in business. The Three-Legged Mare has an Irish flare just like O’Shaughnessy’s. But the new pub has more of a sports theme with a focus on soccer and, like any good pub, darts.
Darr, her husband, Michael, and business partner Danny Capoccia also own and operate the Columbus Blue Jackets-themed R Bar at North Front and Vine streets.