By: Katelyn McNamara
Since 1933, Major's Pub has been a staple watering hole in the Mill City and established itself as the first bar in Lowell post-prohibition.
Some things never change, and Major's continues to live up to its 80-year reputation in their new location at 197 Market St.
Owner Corey Belanger, who had been in the real estate business for years, is the third owner of the pub and said this location speaks for itself as "one of the better sports venues in the city" offering 12 televisions, a live up-to-date sports ticker, and a "Boston fans are always welcome" attitude.
At the new Market Street location, Major's Pub proudly serves up affordable pub food that is matched with freshness and high quality.
Belanger's favorite dish is the Lobster Mac and Cheese, which is complimented by crushed Ritz crackers, melted butter and fresh lemon slices. Belanger works harder than most pub owners to guarantee greatness every time by hitting the open waters with his childhood friend and third-generation North Shore commercial fisherman, Todd Smith.
"You really can't beat fresh lobster at wholesale cost, especially when it's paired with a frosty Shock Top," said Belanger, adding "It's easily a $20 dish elsewhere, but I would much rather pass the savings along to my customers.
Some other favorites among customers are the steak tips, chicken tenders, burgers, breakfast pizza and the one-of-a-kind Guinness Beef Stew. The stew comes out piping hot with a flavorful mashed potato rim, crisp celery, tender meat chunks, carrots, thyme, rosemary and, of course, every Irishman's favorite beer -- Guinness.
Rich Kapala has been working in the restaurant industry for 34 years and currently serves as Major's kitchen manager.
"I love the creative freedom I have as a chef," said Kapala.
Kapala's 20-year-old son is following in his father's footsteps, currently studying culinary arts as a student at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston.
Aside from delicious pub food, Major's always has 25 cold beers on tap that are changed out seasonally. Belanger says beer requests are always welcome.
Lauren Hurley has been Major's head bartender for 10 years and says the Raspberry Lime Rickey, Lauren's Punch and The Major's Bloody Mary are some of its more popular mixed drinks. The Major's Bloody Mary is made up of 15 different spices and proves to be a red-hot item during Sunday morning brunch.
Major's Pub is open seven days a week, serving food from 4-10 p.m. on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and offer brunch faire Sunday mornings from 11-2 p.m. Looking for a great way to end the work day? Check out Major's "Appy Hour" for half-off appetizers from 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays.