If you’ve ever walked into an Irish pub, you know that special, chummy feeling of “ahh… time to relax, sip a drink or two, order some pub food and open up the conversation!”. That’s the vibe co-owners Shaun Paul Brady and Graham Fox Farris have created at their new restaurant and bar in East Brookside, Brady and Fox. Farris is from Olathe, and Brady is from Nenagh, in the county of Tipperary, Ireland. They met many years ago when Farris was in culinary school at Johnson County Community College; Brady has worked at several restaurants (you may remember his old place on Troost, Brady’s Public House). Graham and Shaun instantly became close friends and decided to pair up on this new venture. They wanted to keep Brady in the name, and added Fox to honor Farris’ mother as it was her maiden name.
Business has been strong and steady, owing to the owners’ friendliness (Brady makes a point of greeting every table), fresh, tasty food and the relaxed atmosphere. Come in to enjoy a hearty pub style meal (the most popular items are the Traditional Fish ‘n Chips, Steak and Guinness Pie, the homemade sausage rolls and scotch egg). Graham says “just about everything here is made from scratch…well, not the ketchup!” and there’s even an emphasis on homemade desserts: Irish Coffee Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and Irish Farms Liqueur Crème Brulee. Or, have a seat in the lounge area with friends for a whiskey tasting: Shaun stocks over 50 varieties at this time. He supports local distilleries as well; you’ll find Boulevard on tap and Riegers, Mean Mule, and Restless Spirits liquors. There are two separate bars if you feel like stopping in for a quick one; or spend some time on the outdoor patio with a pint and sandwich.
Shaun told me “One of my dreams is for this place to bring back the family meal” . He and his wife have two young children and he relishes when he and the family can go out together for dinner and conversation. Watch for an expanded menu in the next week or so and a children’s menu. “I am super thrilled to be back in this neighborhood, “ Shaun says, “So happy to see old friends here and meet new ones from the area”. Brady and Fox’s hours are 11am-11pm Tuesday through Saturday; after Easter they will open 10-4 on Sundays.