The old Tipp is all spiffed up and getting a new life as Molly Maguire’s. The new pub, from partners Rick Woolfolk and Hallie Clayton, opened Saturday.

The owners, who have backgrounds in the club business, had the cement awnings painted Erin green, and they added wood-grain signs with the new name. Inside, the place got updated plumbing, but it looks pretty much the same. Flat-screen TVs are mounted all around, which is a nice addition. Even at one of the bar’s little two-person confessionals, we could watch the Rangers game Wednesday night.

There were at least five or six bartenders and waiters working Wednesday, in all-black uniforms with vests, and the bar at the back of the pub was open too. It is a cavernous space, and it’s evident that the owners envision the place packed.

Here’s the best news: the food at Molly Maguire’s is pretty, pretty good. The quasi-Irish menu includes shepherd’s pie, lamb chop “lollipops” and other pub fare. Plus, there’s the Sunday-football-crowd-pleasing stuff like spinach-and-artichoke dip and nachos.

We started with warm cabbage salad, which was sweet and tart, cooked with stewed pears and crispy red cabbage ($7). I would order it again. My friend tried the Guinness chicken wings ($9) on the bartender’s recommendation, even though that’s not something he normally would order. These wings were not eye-watering spicy, and they didn’t leave orange stuff on our fingers. They were braised to juicy perfection, and we couldn’t stop eating them.

I ordered the standard, fish-and-chips ($12), even though on the menu, it’s called “whale and chips”. When it arrived, I said, “Oh! That’s why it’s called ‘whale and chips.'” It was half a whole fish, which tasted fresh in its light, crispy batter. Fried fish doesn’t get much better, and it’s enough food for two people. I ordered mine with sweet-potato fries, which were thin and crispy. My friend ordered the salmon ($14), which is served atop potatoes and artichokes, and he devoured it. All together, with a couple of Guinness pints, it was not a cheap meal. But we’ll be back.

Molly Maguire’s serves lunch every day, and they’re open until 2 a.m.


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