Food

The Loafing Leprechaun

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Found a four-leaf clover? You might say it”s the luck o” the Irish if you”re anywhere near the Loafing Leprechaun.

This authentic Irish pub and restaurant, conveniently located on the corner of Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard, may well be known for having the best "bangers and mash" (sausages and mashed potatoes) anywhere in Gwinnett. In fact, it”s probably safe to say it”s the only Gwinnett restaurant serving such authentic fare.

The brainchild of Richard Cox, the owner of a logistics company in Thailand, the idea of opening a pub had intrigued the native New Zealander for some time.

"I had been thinking about it, and when it came up that R.C. Patel (who owns the land the pub is on) was looking for a restaurant to put in, I approached him about building a pub there. So eventually I invested my time and money, and they provided the area," said Cox.

Having traveled quite a bit and spent time in pubs in Ireland and England, Cox wanted everything authentic.

"An Irish pub is designed with partitions so that if you”re one of two you don”t feel lonely, and if you”re one of 200 you don”t feel crowded. At the Loafing Leprechaun, we”ve designed it true to its origin with the bar being the focal point and a mixture of booths and tables spreading out from the bar," said Cox. Even the interior is pure Irish – Cox had it brought in from Ireland and decorated in shades of mahogany and brown.

Wondering what”s on the menu in an Irish restaurant? It”s genuine Irish, of course, but more upper tier than just a pub, though not fine dining, according to Cox. Patrons will find things like champagne and mussels, various soups, fish and chips, poached salmon, steaks, New Zealand lamb – quite a cross section of cuisine. But if you order the boxty (sounds like box tea), don”t expect to be drinking it. It”s actually a very thin potato pancake with various stuffings, just right for a light lunch or appetizer. There”s even a traditional Irish poem that goes with it:

Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can't make boxty,
You”ll never get a man.

Of course, it wouldn”t be a true Irish pub without the beer. Guinness and Fosters are just two of the 12 high-quality draft beers on tap, along with bottled beers and a good selection of Irish and Scotch whiskeys.

Open seven days a week, the Loafing Leprechaun serves lunch and dinner. Two patio areas offer the chance to dine outside when the weather”s good.

Whether it”s St. Patrick”s Day or just a normal business day, the Loafing Leprechaun serves up true Irish hospitality.