Restaurant and Bar News in Sarasota-Manatee: Dec. 3-9

This week’s local restaurant and bar news includes a new Irish dining and drinking destination in Lakewood Ranch, a wine-focused franchise coming to downtown Sarasota and a new breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Bradenton, plus several other exciting items. Let’s begin with the new Irish ale house.  

McGrath’s Irish Ale House opens in Lakewood Ranch

Fans of Irish cuisine and libations have a new place to visit in Lakewood Ranch.

McGrath’s Irish Ale House recently opened on Lakewood Main Street in the former home of the Scottish-themed MacAllisters Grill & Tavern. The new restaurant features Irish dishes along with traditional European selections, often with creative twists. 

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The new build-out includes additional patio seating overlooking the lake and a larger inside bar area, plus a private dining room that will also host live music on Fridays and Saturdays. And that exposed stone inside that gave MacAllisters a dark kind of castle-y feel? Yeah, that has been removed.