PBJ on a Panini, mini corn dog starters and a Pop Tart ice cream sandwich? Those are just a few of the quirky items to be found on a student-friendly menu at the new Danny Boy Draft Works IU in Bloomington, location just a block off the Indiana University campus.
The new pub and eatery, featuring the craft beers made by its parent company, Danny Boy Beer Works in Carmel, opened this month with a priestly blessing, bagpipe serenade and more than 300 diners. Mary Louise Dominick is general manager and Chef David Nardi mans the kitchen.
“After our successful opening in South Bend, near the campus of Notre Dame, we are thrilled to be open in Bloomington,” said Kevin Paul, owner of Danny Boy. “We wanted this place to be fun for students of all ages and for parents from Carmel and central Indiana who are visiting their kids.”
The new pub is located at 208 South Dunn Street and features seating for 50 people upstairs and an additional 40 on the lower level, which is also available to rent for private parties. While there is no private parking lot, there is street parking and nearby lots easily accessible to drivers.
Father Thomas Kovatch from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Bloomington was on hand to give a special blessing during the grand opening weekend and local bag-piper Angus Martin performed for an hour – kicking off a tradition of having a piper perform every Friday evening in front of the pub at 6 p.m., a Danny Boy tradition throughout all locations.
The pub features a dozen TVs between both floors, a regularly scheduled live DJ, “Pub Quiz” Trivia every Monday night from 9-11 and daily beer specials.
The menu features a variety of sandwiches, salads and starters.
But everyone is talking about the Pop Tarts, which can be enjoyed plain or transformed into an ice cream sandwich with local favorite Chocolate Moose ice cream for $5.
“Oh the pop tarts!” said Dominick. “That actually started as a joke between myself and my cousin (the owner, Kevin Paul). After discussing and laughing about the different possibilities I decided it would be a fun, whimsical treat to offer our guests. Our menu is a collaboration from ownership, myself and our talented creative local Chef, David Nardi. Our goal is to have fresh, simple, affordable tasty selections.”
Chef Nardi came up with the idea to feature them as an ice cream sandwich with local ice cream from The Chocolate Moose.
“We try not to take ourselves too seriously. The idea of this business is to have fun and offer happiness to our guests.”
Check out the menu here.