The vacant former O’Callaghan’s Irish Pub on Main Street in Milford will soon be home to a new restaurant with a new menu and a new feel.
Andrew Floyd, owner and CEO of Court Specialists of Commerce Township, is partnering with Joe Hibbert, the former owner of Uptown Grille in Commerce, to transform O’Callaghan’s into a family restaurant that will be known as “The Rusty Palate.”
This comes after the two business partners reached an agreement with the property’s owner, Dave Borlace, who had been seeking a new occupant for the building.
“I have always talked about opening a restaurant. I’ve been going to Uptown the last few years and struck up a friendship with Joe,” Floyd said. “It’s going to be an upscale family restaurant with normal American food such as steak, burgers, fish and chicken.”
Floyd will switch from the construction of sports courts to managing a restaurant and said while the building won’t resemble the Irish pub it once was, it will still have an old English feel because of the woodwork already crafted inside.
Last June, the Milford Village Council approve a special conditional use in order for a deck to be extended at the restaurant’s site.
The expanded deck will seat 48 people and will also include a guardrail and be covered with a standing seam metal roof in order to provide patrons some protection from the elements.
“We’re currently in the process of having the deck expanded. It will measure 1,000 square feet off the back,” Floyd said.
The two business partners also recently submitted a liquor license application to the village and are awaiting approval.
Floyd said he hopes the restaurant will be open by the end of the year.
“I’m very confident this will succeed. It should bring something to Milford,” he said.