Andes Hotel owners branch out at O’Neill’s Shire Pub in Delhi

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By Brian Sweeney
Ed and Sally O’Neill, who have operated The Andes Hotel for the past decade, have recently opened a second operation, O’Neill’s Shire Pub on Main Street, Delhi.

The O’Neills have worked for several months to prepare the business — known for many years as the Shire Pub — to again become operational. After a long tenure as the Shire Pub, the building most recently functioned as Vasta’s Pizzeria. That business closed in 2006.

The O’Neills have concentrated on cosmetic changes in their new venture, but have retained the feel of the original Shire Pub.

“Sally and I always liked the spot,” Ed explained. “I’ve always wanted to open an Irish Pub and it seemed like there might be a market for that in Delhi.”

Ed said his longtime interest in the Shire Pub building was again piqued when Vasta’s closed. After considerable deliberation, Ed’s parents, Charlie and Katherine, purchased the building this spring and Ed and Sally lease the premises.

Most of the work to put the building back into business shape involved “a lot of elbow grease” to overcome mildew and water damage resulting from years of inactivity.

A partition wall was also removed “to make the space more akin to the original Shire Pub,” Ed explained. New equipment, furniture upgrades and cosmetic improvements completed the makeover. He laughed and indicated, “there’s a healthy collection of Irish beers on tap” to reinforce the pub theme. But the primary emphasis is on providing a “casual, family-oriented dining room and featuring lots of simple, tasty food.”

He added, “We want folks to feel comfortable grabbing a burger after soccer. We love it when families who may look back fondly on the Shire come in with a new generation of family members. We want everyone to be excited about being here.”

Because Ed and Sally continue to operate The Andes Hotel, they have Rachel Bracchy and Josh Schneider, who both worked at Andes, to serve as general managers. Jim Carey is the chef at the Delhi location. Ed said that he splits his duties between both restaurants and Sally concentrates on Andes, while also handling office work for the Shire.

There are 20 seats in the bar area (with the full menu available) and the separate dining room has up to 40 seats during the warm weather months when patio dining is available.

O’Neill’s Shire Pub is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Sundays start with brunch and the dinner menu is available by mid-afternoon. The O’Neills are also starting to book small, catered parties in the back dining section.

As one would expect, the pace of overseeing two restaurants is very busy. Despite the extra workload, Ed said he and Sally are enjoying the challenge.

“We’re just excited about the response since we’ve opened. We’re working hard to give everyone a nice experience,” Ed commented. “It’s been very busy. We’re making sure that we can please as many people as possible.”

O’Neill’s Shire Pub is located at 123 Main Street, Delhi. For additional information, please call 845 676-3980.