Toward the end of Restaurant Week, my wife and I decided to try out Shawn O’Donnell’s Irish Pub, the longtime site of Milfords. We called some friends who live in Kendall Yards, and asked them to join us. Preferring to eat early, we showed up without reservations and had no trouble getting a table (5 p.m.).
While enjoying our meals, a friendly gentleman approached our table, extended his hand with a smile and introduced himself — Shawn O’Donnell. After visiting for a few minutes, we learned several details about what he had done to get his restaurant prepared for opening. I shared with him that Milfords was a special place for my wife and me as that was the site of our first date - 38 years ago.
Shawn offered us a tour and we gladly accepted. Everything about the restaurant, especially the pictures and articles on the wall, was fascinating. We even toured the kitchen, which most restaurant owners/managers might avoid. It was spotlessly clean.
He then asked if we would like to see the basement. We looked at each other and wondered what could be so special about a basement? Well, the basement was as clean as the kitchen! Shawn has kept a few artifacts from Milfords - one in particular was an original, wooden sign, in new condition that says “Milfords Fish and Oyster Bar.” Knowing our special history with Milfords, he graciously offered us this beautiful sign. What a unique, special, and extraordinary gesture! We are very thankful to have this memento from our first date, which is now displayed in our home. (BTW, the food was outstanding!)