On St. Patrick’s Day last week, I spent a good chunk of time with my family debating where we should go for dinner. Despite having eaten a corned beef and cabbage dinner a few nights earlier, we were in the mood for Irish fare — you know, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips.

We thought about going downtown, but knew the crowds would be out and rowdy. Not a good place to take the kids, even though it was still early. We ended up at Boulevard Diner eating decidedly non-pub food, despite the Guinness gravy on my pork chop.

Our conclusion at the end of the night: James Island really needs a pub.

Two days later, on my way to Publix, I saw a sign touting the arrival of O’Brion’s Pub in the old Twizt location on Folly Road. The first O’Brion’s is located in I’On (hence the i-o-n).

Fer cripes sakes, first Obama wins the White House and now this! How lucky can a girl get?

I talked to Brent, who will be managing the place, and got the details: lots of TVs, above average pub food (hell, I love average pub food), and 14 beers on tap!

Hells yes. They plan to start dry runs in a week or so, with the ultimate goal of being open in time for the NCAA championship game on April 6.

They’ve renovated the space, closing off the kitchen, putting in new floors, painting, and expanding the seating with new booths and tables.

The kitchen will be open everyday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and the bar will be open until 2 a.m.

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