A server with some of the tasty fare at the new Mason’s Eatery & Pub offering a Celtic flair. – masonsbar.com
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 2:45 p.m. enjoy the unique sounds of Bag Pipes & Drums presented by the Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums Association
by Long Hwa-shu
Mason’s Eatery & Pub in Kenosha will be kicking off St. Paddy’s Day festivities with green beer, Irish whiskey, a special Reuben dipped in Guinness beer and fried, and the haunting sounds of the Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums Association.
The new restaurant located between Green Bay Road and Interstate 94, near Highway 50 on the west side of the city is all about its Celtic-inspired fare and fun favorites.
Mason’s is run by Chris Gochis, a Carthage College alumus who co-owns it with Mike Roscioli, a Kenosha native and former wine distributor.
In addition to Irish fare on St. Patrick’s Day, Mason’s offers a variety of other choices including shepherd’s pie, mac ‘n cheese, crab cakes and crab cake sliders, burgers and steaks. The popular mac ‘n cheese is made fresh with a rich blend of Wisconsin’s finest cheeses.
“Food is made from scratch as much as we can,” said Gochis, who grew up in Glenview and majored in political science at Carthage but got into the restaurant business, well, by heritage.
His parents and grandfather used to own several grocery stores and delis in Chicago. Besides Mason’s, he co-owns Bull & Bear on 39th Street at 80th Street with his two brothers, Nick and Tom.
At least 80 percent of the meats, poultry, produce and dairy products are from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, said Gochis.
Specials, updated from time to time, include brisket pizza with gluten-free crust, Irish stew, grilled cheese cheeseburger, potato skins, Reuben and giant Bavarian pretzels.
Have a sweet tooth? Mason’s offers cotton candy, the cherished childhood treat is in hot demand by kids of all ages – from 5 to 85. As much as 100 cotton candy stacks are sold during a weekend.
“We thought it was fun and different,” said Gochis, attributing the unique offering to the partners’ ever-innovative ideas.
More than 100 domestic, imported and craft beers are available, as well as Irish whiskey and Scotch. Mason’s crafted cocktails feature some of the most unique liquors and liqueurs and use only fresh made-from-scratch syrups and hand-pressed lemon and lime juices, according to the owners.
Lunch and dinner are served daily, with breakfast served on the weekend. Live entertainment is offered from one-man acoustic shows to bands. There are 50 flat screen televisions carrying a variety of sports programs. Up to 100 guests can be accommodated for birthday parties, special events and other gatherings. Catering is available.
Mason’s also offers a loyalty program which enables charities, schools and other organizations to benefit from fundraising.
Mason’s is open 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday.