By: Jenny Mendoza ~Copy Editor~
Students, faculty and staff will now have another on-campus dining option besides Subway and Blue Gibbon located inside of the Gallagher Student Center with the re-opening of Ryan’s Pub.
Ryan’s Pub will open at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26 under new management.
Beverly Centers, the director of operations for Ryan’s, explains that the long awaited re-opening of Ryan’s Pub was not purposefully pushed farther away as the winter months progressed.
“There were no particular reasons for delaying the re-opening,” Centers said. “It happens with any new business that opens — there are inspections to pass, changes that arise and the occasional hang-up or two. All of these are basic business buildups and can’t be avoided.”
Centers stresses the point about Ryan’s being as student friendly as possible.
Student interest and impact is the pub’s focus. The atmosphere is one of a casual sports bar and the decorating is fitting.
Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher played a large role in getting students involved. All club sports were invited to play their part to help create the lively atmosphere.
“We tried to use the student body as much as possible,” Centers said. “We took the student perspective with everything — having student employers, food items available on the menu, various sports broadcasts and channels to watch on DirecTV and even in terms of beers, our selection came from local breweries. We want Ryan’s to be a fun, friendly place to come eat, do homework, hold a meeting or just hang out and have fun.”
Friendship is at the root of Ryan’s Pub’s existence. The Gallagher Student Center is named after 1960 graduate Charles Gallagher and Ryan’s is named after Stephen Ryan, Gallagher’s roommate.
Gallagher and Ryan were close friends until Ryan passed away in 1981, and Gallagher named the pub after Ryan “to acknowledge a friend in college as one of the most significant relationships.”