You could call it Irish luck. Folks over at MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room are more than a little excited about new owners and a new name in the works for the city’s long-established restaurant and bar at 759 S. Main St.
MacGregor’s, in the historic building near Lakeshore Drive, will soon be a Murphy’s Law Irish Pub. Co-owned by John Diamantopolous, Mark Chiarenza and Marty Cordy, Murphy’s Law has two locations in Monroe County. The original Murphy’s Law, established in 2008 at 370 East Ave. in the city, brought a full-service upscale Irish bar to downtown Rochester featuring more than 100 beers. In 2016, the owners established a second location at 1400 Empire Blvd. in Penfield on the south side of Irondequoit Bay.
At MacGregor’s, General Manager Will Jones said plans are in the works for sprucing up areas of the building to include fresh paint, updated lighting and other features. He didn’t know specifics but said he is looking forward to the changes. “I can’t wait,” he said.
On Monday about 5 p.m., a crowd began gathering at the bar with bartenders Kelsi Sergeant and Patricia Jarvis enjoying familiar faces and conversation. Brad Dreesen, a local contractor, was one of the regulars at the bar. He said he likes the beer and the camaraderie and expects that to continue.