The original O'Bryan clan sailed from Cork in 1851 bound for New York. Fleeing the famine, they braved North Atlantic storms, Ellis Island bureaucrats, corduroy roads, the Erie Canal and the uncertainties of Indiana farming to bring you this authentic Irish pub.
That first Irish-American O'Bryan family had two surviving children, but the fifth generation of that family, that of Sylvester and Julia, had 14. And what a brood they turned out to be: lawyers, military men, real sisters (as in nuns), mechanics, coaches, businessmen, scientists, farmers, builders, and true community volunteers. In the words of sister Judy, "Mom and Dad taught us to laugh, love, share, pray and live."
Jerry O'Bryan, the principal owner of Nine Irish Brothers, is the youngest of nine boys (Berton, Jim, Michael, Norman, Bobby, Tim, John, and Willie) and five girls (Julie, Colleen, Patricia, Muriel, and Karen). Jerry pays tribute to his brothers with the pub's name, and honors his sisters with an inscription above the bar: & Five Irish Sisters.
Family is the core concept of a traditional Irish pub, and O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers is no exception: Family members helped to build the establishment (Jerry's brother Tim was the General Contractor, Jerry's brother Norman did the majority of the stonework and donated the planks for the walnut room, Jerry's nephew Sean did much of the outside landscaping and preparation), helped to prepare for operations (Jerry's brother Bert served as legal counsel and Jerry's nephew Matt Giles consulted on operations), and help with the day-to-day operations (Jerry's daughters Maggie and Mollie serve as assistant managers and servers, and his son-in-law Matt is operations manager of both locations.) It won't be long before you too feel like part of the O'Bryan family.