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Connolly’s Pub Going Smokeless

The change is planned to take place on St. Patty's Day.

on East Moreland Avenue will be joining as Hatboro's only smoke-free places to grab a meal and a drink, according to Main Street Manager Stephen Barth.

“Hatboro’s revitalization has inspired us to make the pub smoke-free to attract a wider clientele looking for a good neighborhood gathering place," said the tavern's owner, Ed Connolly.

Connolly’s will put an end to smoking in the building starting St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17.

The end of lighting up in the establishment, which has been a borough fixture since 1946, is in hopes to cater to the younger demographic that are looking for a "traditional community pub," Barth said.

Several other changes will be coming to the establishment in the coming weeks and months, according to Barth.

Behind Connolly's, an outside bar and dining area is being constructed for a late spring or early summer opening.

Also, the pub has unveiled a new menu to please patrons. The menu features a signature pulled pork sandwich and homemade German potato salad, Barth said. Daily lunch specials will also be offered.

Fresh Guinness on tap is being added to the beer menu. Connolly's will be the only bar in the borough to offer Guinness draft, which requires a special tap that mixes the nitrogen and carbon dioxide to give the beer its signature smoothness.

The tavern is planning several events to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the smoking ban including giveaways, Irish music, green beer and shot specials.

After St. Patrick's Day passes, the pub will continue to offer karaoke every Monday, open mic night on Tuesdays and a DJ on Friday after dark.

Connolly, who has owned the pub since 2007, said his establishment is a "great place to meet friends and neighbors, watch a game or play pool.”

Tori March 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yeaahhh! I am so happy my husband and I just went there for the first time last Friday. It was a really nice place and the food was great. Our only complaint was the smoke! I can't wait to go back now! This is great!
Liberty 1 March 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hmmmmm. I find it amusing that an establishment that offer shot specials and other various alcoholic beverages see's smoking as a detriment. At least it isn't being forced on them by an overactive government.
Bob March 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Hopefully they will have an air filtration system to prevent smoke from coming back into the building whenever the door is opened.
Marty johnson March 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Yea!!! Can't wait!!!
Scott Johnson March 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Nice, I've been wanting to check this place out but hate smelling like smoke afterwards.
Suzy Q March 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Yay!!!!! I HATE coming out of bars with their stench on my clothes. I will certainly go there more often now, as I live only a block away. This is great news!!
Jimmy Jam March 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I think all the bars in Haboro should go smokeless it smells so bad!!
Fran Carroll March 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Great News!
Jack E. Martling March 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Haven't been there but heard it was toothless.
Terri March 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
This is great news!
Jack E. Martling March 14, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I was there a few weeks ago on a saturday afternoon and these two drunk fools ended up getting into a fistfight
Tom Devlin March 14, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I know the owner Ed very well and I feel it is a great idea. Change is always good. The outdoor idea is great also. The new menu and changes will deff help, and bring in lots of new business. Good luck to the connolly's crew.
Steve March 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Very good idea! I will tell you one thing I was there the other day and they were serving pulled pork sandwiches which were awesome. Can't wait to go back.
Tom Sofield March 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I'm excited to stop by and try the new grub one of these days.
Barbara Johnson March 15, 2012 at 08:18 PM
As a point that the author may want to correct, Towey's has had Guinness on draft for several years.
Cora Rowe March 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I just love smoke-free establishments!!

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