For day, Shannon's to reflect Irish influences

On St. Patrick's Day, restaurant will alter menu

Restaurant profile

Howard Live

March 16, 2000|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Shannon's Saloon and Restaurant -- like all the establishments in Ellicott City's Village Green shopping center -- sports a highly appropriate kelly-green sign.

The bar area inside this lively neighborhood establishment serves Guinness and Killian's on tap. The walls in the dining room are festooned with an Irish flag and prints of Irish neighborhoods.

But evidence of the Emerald Isle disappears when one looks at Shannon's menu. There's no Irish stew, no corned beef and cabbage, and no shepherd's pie. Nothing Irish at all. In fact, confesses chef Brian Malone, the owner of Shannon's isn't Irish at all, but Italian.

Buzz Bosica, who has owned Shannon's for 18 years and whose wife, Teri, is Irish, has concentrated on creating a friendly place with pub-style food. The menu features burgers, meatloaf, crab cakes and other hearty fare. Signature dishes such as Tornados Chesapeake, a filet mignon topped with lump crab meat and Bernaise sauce, go beyond the ordinary. But they certainly can't be described as Irish.

Every St. Patrick's Day, though, Shannon's finds its Irish roots and offers Irish music and food. The day starts at 6 a.m. with a buffet breakfast that's served until 9 a.m., Malone said.

For a $5 donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, patrons can gorge on scrambled eggs, creamed chipped beef, sausage, bacon and pastries.

Shannon's, which seats about 70, is in the process of expanding its kitchen and dining room, having taken over the former barbershop next door.

The work is expected to be completed next month. When it's done, the dining area will seat 100 and live entertainment may be available more often. The renovated kitchen also will inspire a renovated menu, possibly one with more Irish fare, Malone said.

Shannon's Saloon and Restaurant

Where: 9338 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City; 410-461-4588.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Bar stays open Fridays and Saturdays, usually until 1 a.m.

Prices: Appetizers, $2.25 to $7.95; entrees, $5.95 to $19.95.

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club.

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