The History of Llywelyn's Pub
Llywelyn’s Pub was opened in St. Louis at
4747 McPherson by Jack Brangle. Along with Balabans and Duff’s
restaurant it marked the beginning of the present day Central West-End
business district. The Restaurant served primarily Welsh fare and was a
small intimate Pub with the cooks line located beside the bar.
In the late eighties the adjacent property
was acquired, a new kitchen was installed and a dining room was added.
The menu was expanded and Llywelyn’s Pub now could offer a true
restaurant setting along with the bar.
In 1997 the present ownership acquired the
Pub. The theme was expanded to include both Irish and Scottish
selections and Llywelyn’s became a “Celtic” Pub. The menus were
expanded, the décor and seating arrangements were changed and the Pub
re-opened in the Fall of 1997.
After three very successful years the
demand for more seating drove the ownership to expand into the second
floor. A new full-service bar was opened along with seating for
restaurant overflow and private parties. Llywelyn’s Loft was an instant
hit. Soon after, the parking lot located in the rear of the Pub was
converted into St. Louis’s most hidden and charming beer garden with a
full-service bar and a beautiful mural based on the work of Thomas
Guilroy, the famous Guinness beer artist.
Along this same time, a second store was
opened in West Port Plaza. It was a small restaurant specializing in the
same great Celtic fare as the West-End. It enjoyed a great five-year run
but was closed at the end of its lease due to a property ownership
In 2003 Llywelyn’s opened its most
ambitious project to date. An old machine shop in historic Webster
Groves was converted into the third Llywelyn’s Pub. An old Gaslight
Square bar along with a giant vaulted ceiling are the main features to
the Pub. The menu for the three stores was expanded to offer a greater
selection of Celtic fare. A few years later the restaurant added a
banquet room with its own full-service bar that is used for both parties
and additional restaurant seating.
The Soulard area was the next target for
expansion with the opening of a Llywelyn’s Pub at the corner of Soulard
Ave. and Ninth Street. Opened in the Winter of 2006, the Pub features
two full-service bars and a game room on the second floor. Only opened
about a year, Llywelyn’s Pub has established itself as a future mainstay
The much anticipated Llywelyn ‘s Pub of Overland Park,
celebrating the food and drink of Ireland, Scotland and Wales,
opened successfully July 17th, 2007 to eager owners and hungry,
thirsty, patrons. After several months of hard work, Eric Pritchett
restored a wonderful, antique, building at 6995 West 151st Street in
Old Stanley, into a cozy, inviting, authentic, Celtic Restaurant and
This unique Pub features a beautifully restored, 1880’s, Brunswick, Balke and Callender Bar, brass saloon chandeliers, a private room known
as “The Snug” and tons of charm and character, that includes weekly
musical performances by the house band Flannigan’s Right Hook. There are
24 different draught beers, as well as an extensive bottled beer
selection featuring beers from all over the globe.
Let’s not forget the food. There are traditional dishes like Fish
and (home-made) Chips, Shepherds Pie, and a pub favorite…Bangor’s and
Mashed. There are also plenty of other pub munchies like Pretzels,
Dragon Wings and Mini burgers that received mention in Good Housekeeping
So join your neighbors, friends and co-workers for Lunch, Dinner,
cold beer and good times at Llywelyn’s Pub of Overland Park.