Manassas Journal Messenger | O’Meara opens Irish pub

Radio personality Mike O’Meara has bought Brady’s, a popular Manassas pub and restaurant since 1976.

On Wednesday, a red carpet at the front door of the facility at 8971 Center St. will welcome customers and proclaim the new name, O’Meara’s Irish Pub.

A special name unveiling ceremony will take place that day – which also happens to be St. Patrick’s Day – at 8 p.m.

A tent will be set up outside the restaurant for a day-long celebration complete with green and Guinness beer, live Irish music, an Irish bag piper, Irish dancers, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie and a band, Matt Hall and ACME Music Co.

O’Meara, who bought the restaurant in November, does the Don and Mike Show five days a week on WJFK 106.7.

The show is syndicated to about 45 others stations across the country.

“The first thing we did was to put in ‘smoke eaters’ to clear the air and followed that up with putting in new tables, chairs and bar stools along with new carpeting and tiling,” said O’Meara. A portion of the restaurant is smoke-free.

A 119-inch Mega Vision television has been installed and will be on for special sporting events.

“We want to be a restaurant that caters to the entire family. We want people to come in for a nice family luncheon or dinner and then after 10 p.m. offer live music for the late crowd,” said O’Meara.

Owning a restaurant was a dream of his late father, William O’Meara. “I’m living his dream,” he said.

A new kitchen manager and head chef, Kirk Matelyan, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

The restaurant has about 25 employees and seats 199.

Jerry Kyle, the restaurant’s former manager, has stayed on as general manager.

O’Meara is a native of Hartford, Conn., and attended American University where he got his degree in broadcast journalism.

He has been part of the Don (Geromino) and Mike Show for 19 years and lives in Broad Run in western Prince William County.

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