The third time seems to be the charm for Ireland native David Keville, who opened Kelly’s 134 in Dennis just before Labor Day. Keville, who owns both Kelly’s on Main in Hyannis and Kelly’s Cellar in Quincy, continues his mission of sharing the warmth of the public houses of his home country with the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. The menu at Kelly’s 134 reflects many of the dishes Keville grew up with, says manager Mary DeSimone. Specials such as Lamb Stew and Bangers and Mashed join regular items like Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef, peas and carrots in a Guinness gravy and baked with cheddar mashed potatoes) that harken back to Keville’s childhood in Belfast. A popular item called the Irish Cigar (pictured above) is an egg-roll appetizer made from corned beef, gruyère cheese and sauerkraut and served with whiskey mustard. Even the name Kelly’s is a nod to a pub in his hometown.
Keville completely gutted the former All American Bar and Grill and installed a brand-new kitchen, new lighting and refinished floors and walls, while his wife, Sara, added warm decorating touches, such as a collage of photos from Ireland, some from Keville’s own family, embedded in the U-shaped bar. DeSimone says the restaurant has been busy every night since they opened, with more than 20 flat-screen televisions tuned to every possible sport—even some from the old country. “I never knew there could be sports on at 10 in the morning,” she laughs. An outdoor deck is ready to offer warm-weather seating and there are plans for live entertainment as well. With Guinness on tap and Irish whiskey ready to pour, Kelly’s 134 has the welcome mat out to all. —Lisa Cavanaugh
Kelly’s 134, 50 Route 134, Dennis, 508-258-5418, kellys134.com