CARBONDALE — A familiar Carbondale bar has recently undergone a dramatic overhaul with a new name, an updated look, an awesome menu of Irish and American favorites, and new owners. The Chip & Stone Irish Pub & Sports Bar opened its doors for business in October at the site of the former Coach bar, and since then, folks have been flocking to the Pike St. pub.
The co-owners of the Chip & Stone are two married couples, Jerry and Carol Woody and Eric and Chrissy Farrell. The Carbondale couples have been friends for more than a decade, so they are confident that forming a business partnership was a move that will prove to be successful on a personal as well as a professional level.
“My parents used to own a restaurant, so I felt this was something we could have fun doing. We saw a niche in the community and wanted to fill it. For us, this is just as much a place where we could have fun and spend time with family and friends. It’s not really about the short-term success, it’s more of a labor of love,” explained Eric.
The interior of the Chip & Stone feels cozy and inviting, yet at the same time is roomy enough to accommodate a lot of customers, with seating for 74 patrons, without feeling crowded. The décor is low-key, with an Irish pub feel that is not overtly Irish. “You won’t find a bunch of shamrocks or shillelaghs here,” Eric said with a laugh.
Eric explained, “We’re all Irish, and so is half of the town. We wanted to bring that heritage back to the community. The Irish have a tradition of the public house, a place where people can share gossip, have a couple of pints, and have a bite to eat. We’re trying to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere where people can enjoy good, reasonably priced food with family and friends.”
The chef at the Chip & Stone is Troy Pierce, and he plays an important role in ensuring that new customers become repeat customers. Troy, who most recently worked as supervising chef at the University of Scranton, has been running his own catering business for a decade and stated that he “has spent half [his] lifetime gaining hands-on experience.”
“We hit it off as soon as we met. When I met Eric and Jerry, I could see their vision of what they wanted to do, and with their connections in the area, it’s really taking off. I wanted to do something I could call my own, and although it’s technically not my menu, I can do my own recipes and specials,” Troy remarked.
The Chip & Stone menu features several dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Emerald Isle, including bangers and mash, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew, and the restaurant’s exclusive Irish wings, bone-in or boneless deep-fried wings with a Guinness Irish Stout hot or mild glaze. There are many local favorites, like Petrosky’s pierogies, hot wings, and cheese steaks, on the menu as well. Several of the dishes are served with a side of the region’s favorite bread, Martin’s Potato Rolls.
Rounding out the menu are appetizers like Old Bay seasoned fries, mac and cheese bites, and mozzarella sticks, as well as burgers, pasta and meatballs, freshly-made salads, hoagies and wraps, chicken parmigiana, and pizza. Specials vary according to the season or event, as well as based on what Troy thinks diners will enjoy. Some recent specials include cider brine pork with Irish whisky marmalade, shrimp and scallops, and ribeye steaks.
Adult beverages are reasonably priced at the Chip & Stone, with specials announced regularly on the pub’s Facebook page. The Facebook page also serves as a way for the owners to spread the word about chef’s specials, events, and musical entertainment at the pub.
With nine big screen 4K super high definition televisions with 75” screens for optimal viewing of what Eric calls “all the BIG games,” the Chip & Stone will not disappoint patrons who are excited to have a sport bar in Carbondale. Big games are announced on Facebook so fans can plan to stop in for food, drinks, and the fun of cheering for their favorite team.
The Chip & Stone Irish Pub & Sports Bar is located at 129 Pike St. in Carbondale. Plenty of off-street parking is available behind the building. Hours of operation are from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, including updates about chef’s specials and events, visit Chip & Stone – Irish Pub & Sports Bar on Facebook or call (570) 282-4456.