Apr 25, 2017 - Food and Drink

Former East Boulevard Bar & Grill space in Dilworth to become an Irish pub

We’ve got more good news for the East Boulevard social scene this week.

Milestone, a new Irish pub, is targeting an early summer opening in the old Frank’s East Blvd Bar & Grill space, which closed last November after 31 years in Dilworth.

It joins a recent influx of activity on that block, including The People’s Market and The Queen & Glass, which will take over the former 131 Main and Cu Copper Bar next door in August.

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Milestone will be a classic neighborhood bar, merging two worlds owner Jackie McHugh knows well — New York City bars and cozy Irish pubs.

Prior to moving to Charlotte in February, McHugh spent 20 years in New York City where he owned, operated and worked in a number of different bars.

Simple neighborhood bars, he says, are “what keep a neighborhood going” and nobody does the neighborhood bar quite like the Irish.

McHugh, a native of Donegal on the northeast coast of Ireland, plans to pay homage to the pubs of his hometown with a reimagined Irish menu and, more importantly, authentic Irish hospitality.

The space is due for a full renovation, including the addition of some cozy nooks called snugs, but McHugh says his vision for what Milestone will be matters less than how it will feel. “It doesn’t have to be or look a certain way,” he said. “It’s how you get treated when you walk in the door.”

Jackie McHugh, owner

Expect a menu of traditional Irish fare that’s been lightened up for Charlotte’s warmer climate.

That’ll include shepherd’s pie with sliced lamb, oysters, pie and a proper Irish coffee. “So many places ruin that drink,” McHugh said.

Behind the bar, they’ll have 16 taps, handcrafted cocktails and plenty of Irish whiskey. McHugh is still working with distributors but hopes to bring in some Northeastern beers as well as some new Irish gins, a hot trend that’s gaining popularity in the country as more local distilleries open.

Milestone will be open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Curious why McHugh didn’t brand it with his classic Irish name? He decided to honor his son, 11-month-old Miles, instead.


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