New O’Donold’s pub has old-time charm

The new O’Donold’s in downtown Youngstown is the kind of pub that was once common in the city: long and narrow with a bar that runs almost the full length of the room, and a warm look of craftsmanship in the woodwork.

The new establishment has been quietly open for shakedown bar nights (the kitchen is still under construction), but its first fully operational day is expected to be Saturday.

Its decor is similar to the original O’Donold’s in Austintown — red and black, and wood and stone — and the menu is also the same.

But the new place has a character that hasn’t been seen in decades.

Manager Christian Rinehart calls it a Chicago-style Irish pub. It has a 61-foot-long bar with 40 stools, and seating for 88 more at tables.

It also has an old-fashioned sense of permanence about it. “This place will be here 20 years,” said Rinehart, as he showed me around.

It’s at the site of the original Lemon Grove location, but folks who knew it then will hardly recognize the place.

Not only has the bar been doubled in length, but a 48-foot-long padded bench runs along the opposite wall, about half the length of the room. High-top tables cozy up to the bench, with backed barstools. A 6-foot wide aisle runs down the middle of the room.

The resulting effect is an intimacy that puts everybody in the game.

The bathrooms have been completely remodeled and expanded. The once-tiny kitchen has been moved to the rear of the room, where there is more room.

Like the original O’Donold’s location, the new site also has taps coming out of a piano mounted behind the bar. It will have a total of 58 beers on tap.

Bands will set up in the nook by the front window — same as when it was the Lemon Grove, although the stage has been removed.

The next phase will come in March, when the indoor/ outdoor upstairs bar opens. The front wall will be recessed 37 feet to create a patio overlooking West Federal Street.

Beatbox champions battle at lemon grove

Sixteen beatboxers will battle each other at the Midwest Beat Box Battle, which comes to the Lemon Grove tonight and Friday.

Beatboxing is the art of using only your mouth to create percussion, bass and other musical sounds. Check it out on Youtube if you’ve never seen it; it’s kind of amazing.

The only local beatboxer who qualified for the competition is Justin Mullane of Youngstown. Mullane is in the reggae band Rare Breed, and incorporates his beatboxing skills into his band’s music as well.

As a beatboxer, he goes by the name Prometheus.

The other competitors hail from all over the country. They will square off one-on-one in two 1-minute rounds, with the winner being decided by a panel of judges.

The Lemon Grove tournament will be hosted by Youngstown beatboxers LethalFX and Tony C., who will perform in an opening night show tonight, along with about 20 others. The competition will be Friday night, with the winner taking home $500 and other prizes.

‘face off’ finalist to appear at ghoul mansion in sharon

Special effects artist and television star Robert “RJ” Haddy will appear Friday and Saturday at Ghoul Mansion haunted Halloween attraction in downtown Sharon, Pa.

Haddy was a season 2 finalist of Syfy’s “Face Off” series, and was voted “fan favorite.”

Haddy will demonstrate a “makeup transformation” Saturday night at Ghoul Mansion, which is at 66 N. Main St.

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