The luck of the Irish works in mysterious ways.
The grand opening of the Irish Mafia Brewing Company was delayed, but more bad news was on the way — shortly before opening, the nearby Nedloh Brewery closed up shop.
Throw in a few lessons about building maintenance and a health issue for owner Mark Mansfield, yes, it’s no wonder why he said he feels as if he’s been on a roller-coaster ride — and he’s learned a lot in his first year of business.
“Somebody used to tell me, all the best lessons in life cost the most money,” Mansfield said. “In that way, I should be a professor.”
Luck is important, but perseverance goes a long way in the restaurant and bar business.
This Sunday marks the official one-year anniversary of the Irish Mafia Brewing Co., although dinner specials, raffles, live music and a silent auction are planned all day Saturday. Visitors can enjoy $5 beer on tap, including the year-old standby, Mighty Ego IPA, as well as the new-ish loganberry wheat.
After the slow start a year ago, things picked up at the Whalen Road establishment when the temperatures began going down.