The Cavanaugh’s Crew Takes Over Headhouse’s Dark Horse Pub

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Its been in the works for what feels like forever, but now its official: Patrick Pawliczeck, Ken Hutchings and the rest of the crew behind the citys three Cavanaughs properties are now in possession of Headhouse watering hole Dark Horse Pub. A rep for Cavs tells Grub that for the time being the bar and restaurant will retain its name, but further down the road may attach the Cavanaughs moniker in one form or another. The new ownership brings chef Ben McNamara, who was turning out polished pub grub back when the citys gastropub set were still drinking from sippy cups, back into the fold. After his last stint at the 2nd and South spot and its predecessor the Dickens Inn McNamara went on to helm kitchens at New Wave Cafe, St. Stephens Green, and Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant.

Back on Headhouse Square, McNamara will turn out a menu of bar staples like burgers, nachos, and wings, plus more imaginative creations like sausage rolls, a pretzel Reuben, and a Yards beef Brawler sandwich. Weeknight specials will include Monday wing nights, Thursday roasts, and a prime rib special on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays will feature brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.