story and photos by Ashley Jensen
‘Great people hang out here’ Churchill’s Pub reopens at a different location, but with the same friendly spirit
11 West Liberty Street • Downtown Savannah
(912) 495-0705 Open 11am EVERYDAY! Ask About our Lunch Specials Happy Hour 4-7pm Savannah’s Only Tex-Mex Fajita Bar! Monday through Friday from 11-2:30 $7.50 ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET
Happy Hour 7 Days A Week 4-7
Pepper’s Cantina Kickin’ Tex-Mex • Fabulous Fajitas • Specialty Margaritas • Tex-Mex Style Steak, Chicken & Seafood
WEDNESDAY KIDS EAT FREE! (one free kid’s meal per adult)
TO GO Orders Call 355-3225 Located right beside Oglethorpe Mall 108 Mall Blvd.
A view of the game room downstairs
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Churchill's Pub and Restaurant is at 13 W. Bay Street. Call 2328501.
WHEN I WALKED “We just want to into Churchill’s Pub I offer something for knew that I was someeveryone,” says Holmes. where special. Maybe it “If you want to go to the was the sprawling 34bar for a drink, fine. If foot hand-carved bar. you want a nice Or maybe it was the restaurant environment, charming fellow -- who I that’s great, too. It’s just later learned was the a little bit of everything.” owner’s father -- who The bar was origigreeted me as I entered nally opened in 1996 on the front hall. Or maybe Drayton Street, but it was simply the sense burned down in June of warmth that engulfed 2003. me. “People loved Churchill’s -- located Churchill’s and we had at 13 West Bay Street so much local support,” and owned by explains Holmes. Manchester, England, “People used to stop native Andy Holmes and me and ask when we’re his wife, born-and-bred reopening or to express Savannahian Tracy -how much they love the has a style and personnew place. It just had to A view of the hand-carved bar ality that just folds you be reopened.” right in. Churchill’s new home Aptly put by Holmes: “Nobody else is the former location of J.J. Cagney’s, does just quite what we do.” but former customers of J.J.’s may not And just what is it that they do? recognize the place. The main focus as one enters the pub “We completely gutted the place and is a huge, solid mahogany bar that was it bears no resemblance to J.J. built in England and shipped by crate to Cagney’s,” says Holmes. “Old patrons Savannah. Keep walking and there are can’t believe it’s the same place.” two separate dining areas, each with its But fear not, Churchill’s has not lost own mood. One is a more enclosed, its charm. intimate space and the other is a very “This location may be larger,” reasopen room with windows facing Bay sures Holmes, “but it still maintains its Street and tables that cozily flow into one coziness. Everyone’s told me that.” another. So, besides the atmosphere and the In the basement is a game room proauthentic English and American cuisine, viding billiards, darts, and foosball. The why should folks frequent Churchill’s? last area, a rooftop dining terrace, is still Holmes answers without a blink of an being renovated, but shows amazing eye. promise. “Because great people hang out here. It’s just a cool place. The way we do it, the attitude of the staff and the customers. We’ve got some great customers. It’s just cool.” ◗