One of Watertown’s best known eateries has a brand new look, but Donohue’s Bar & Grill will still serve up the food and drinks fans have enjoyed for nearly two decades.
On the outside, Donohue’s has a new design with big windows. On the inside of the space bright and open. The center wall that once separated the two sides of the restaurant was removed and instead of two bars on opposite walls, there is one big one that wraps around the middle of the space.
Owner John Donohue said the trend is for more and more people to eat at the bar, even at upscale restaurants.
Donohue’s also upgraded its televisions. There are now 26 TVs which are at least 60 inches in size.
Donohue’s opened in 1998 in the left side, looking from the street. In 2000 he expanded to the other side of the front room and in 2001 he opened the back, function room. In 2010, Donohue’s debuted the back patio.
The new development coming to town – the Arsenal Mall, the new hotel an the new office building built just down the street – Donohue was inspired to make some big changes.
“About a year ago with all the changes that happened in Watertown and in the business dynamic, I knew it was time to upgrade and really expand the kitchen,” Donohue said.
The kitchen is 100 square feet larger, and it will allow Donohue’s to serve more customers.
“We were struggling to get lunch out,” Donohue said. “People only have 30 minutes, 45 minutes to get lunch and get out.”
After a year of planning the construction was able to be completed between two of the biggest days for a bar – Super Bowl Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day. Donohue worked with 24 Restoration and Construction and the work was done in 39 days.
The new look Donohue’s celebrated with a St. Patty’s Day filled with live music and the kitchen cooked up 500 pounds of corned beef dinners. The restaurant ready to serve lunches and dinners, plus breakfasts on the weekend.