The Mackeys were already busy when they decided to open their new bar and restaurant, at 9400 W. 143rd St.
“There’s me, my wife Maureen, my daughter Eileen and my other daughter Meghan,” said John Mackey. “Everyone was working full time jobs, so I decided between four part timers we can have one full time employee.”
But when the chance came about for the Mackeys to open a new pub near where they live in Orland Park, they went for it.
“It was spur of the moment,” said Eileen Mackey about deciding to open the establishment.
Mackey’s Pub first opened on May 11, with a full bar, specialty martinis and menu including their famous fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches, soups, salads and fish. The pub carries drink specials every day. The martinis are all $5 every Thursday.
John Mackey first got into the pub business back in 1983 when he and Maureen opened up Paddy B’s on 143rd Street and Southwest Highway. They stayed on as owners up until 1997. Shortly there after, the Mackeys took over as owners of .
“It was called Ryan’s when I bought it and it had a good reputation so I stuck with it.
For a few years they also ran a Paddy B’s Too bar on 143rd west of Bell Road, Mackey said.
Having spent 29 years as Orland Park residents, John Mackey said they’ve stuck around because “the neighborhood’s great and we like the people.”
Event: Mackey’s Pub Grand Opening, 9400 W. 143rd St.
When: Saturday, June 9.
Details: Drink and food specials run from noon to 11 p.m. Stellar Road starts at 9:30 p.m.
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