Former Co-Owner of Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda Opens New Restaurant

Former Co-Owner of Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda Opens New Restaurant

Silver Spring resident and partner offer traditional American cuisine at Macdara’s Grille

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Macdara Grille in Wheaton serves traditional American cuisine.

Macdara “Mac” Mac Tigue, a former co-owner of Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in downtown Bethesda, has opened a new restaurant serving traditional American cuisine in Wheaton.

A native of Dublin, Mac Tigue joined forces with his partner, Stephen Godbout, to open Macdara’s Grille on July 1 in the former site of the Squires Rock Creek Chophouse at 2405 Price Ave., near Westfield Wheaton mall. Mac Tigue said he had sold his share of the Harp and Fiddle on Cordell Avenue several years ago after running the restaurant for about eight years.

The Silver Spring residents have applied to the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners for a transfer of a Class B beer, wine and liquor license. A hearing on their application is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 2 in the auditorium room of the county’s Executive Office Building in Rockville.

Mac Tigue said Thursday that Macdara’s offers traditional American cuisine along with a couple of customary Irish dishes, such as fish and chips and Irish bread pudding. “People are just raving about it,” Macdara said of the pudding. “It’s made with apricots and raisins and served with freshly whipped cream.”

On the menu, customers can find original dishes created by Mac Tigue, who says he has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant business in both Ireland and the U.S. The restaurant offers a variety of macaroni and cheese dishes, including one with crab, one with blue cheese and another that is barbecue style.

Appetizers and entrees includes rosemary shrimp, Sizzling Mussels and Mac Tigue’s own baked brie tartlets with strawberry sauce, plus crab-stuffed flounder and filet mignon infused with brie or blue cheese. The restaurant also offers a full bar.

The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of Stephen Godbout’s first name.

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