PLAINVILLE — Waxy’s Irish restaurant and pub has received a makeover and launched a new menu.
General Manager Jim Weiler said the new menu still has an Irish emphasis, but with an international flair owing to the new kitchen manager, Ian Steele, an Irish native who has experience in restaurants around the Mediterranean region.
The establishment offers live music by local bands and an extensive beer selection, with at least 36 beers available at any given time, many of them from local breweries.
The hope is to transform the restaurant, situated next to the Fairfield Inn on Crooked Street for around five years, into a local gathering place where patrons can play pool, darts and have a beer
“We always considered (Waxy’s) a local place,” Weiler said.
Part of a chain with around a dozen locations along the eastern seaboard and Texas, the Plainville location was the last store to undergo the changes, which included changing the name to Waxy’s from Waxy O’Connor’s. Admitting the menu was outdated, Weiler said the revamp added influences from the southern United States, Mediterranean and India.
“I think people are liking the change,” he said.
“I am certainly impressed with what they’ve done to the inside of their facility,” said Town Manager Robert Lee, who attended a recent launch event at Waxy’s. “It certainly is a nice facility and we hope that it can be successful.”