By Dorie Cox
UPDATE: March 18.
The plan is to open in April.
UPDATE: March 15
From Waxy O’Connors Facebook:
We are sorry to say we won’t be open for St. Patrick’s Day this year. It was a hard call to make but the right one. We will have a better idea as to when we will open after Monday- 3/18 Happy St. Patrick’s day to you all, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Original post: March 13
Yacht captains and crew have long frequented Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub and Restaurant for networking, job interviews and a cold pint. But the doors have been closed at the Fort Lauderdale location since last summer’s soccer World Cup.
What started as a renovation turned into a new build, said owner Mark Rohleder. Nearly complete — save final inspections — the plan is to open for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
From behind the new mahogany bar, Rohleder moves boxes and checks off a list. For the past 20 years, he and his wife, Noreen McCauley (of the McCauley Clan, she said), have wanted the bar “right in the center, where it belongs.”
“It still has the atmosphere and some of the bric-a-brac, but it is nearly all new,” Rohleder said.
From outside on the sidewalk of 17th Street near Port Everglades, construction workers put on finishing touches. Inside, the dark wood looks familiar but everything is new, built in Ireland and shipped. New windows now brighten the room, but it retains the heavy, dark decor. Previous visitors will feel at home and there will be the noise and activity of a pub, Rohleder said.
Patrons have been stopping by to check for the re-opening date, said McCauley.
“They are like family; we miss them and they miss us,” she said.
Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.