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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] O'Toole's Public House

O'Tooles Public House

O'Tooles Public House

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Hours and Prices

Hours: Open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m; weekends noon to 2 a.m .

Price: $-$$

Other: Accessible, there is a short step (3 inches) at the front door.

To plan other stops along your ArtPrize eatery hop, refer to The Rapidian's eat and drink guide.

At the stroke of 12 noon on Sunday head straight for O'Toole's and the $3 make-your- own Bloody Mary bar and $4 burger specials. The Bloody bar starts with Absolut, you add your choice of mixers, vegetables, salts, spices and one or some of a dozen hot sauces. 

Established in 2003, it aims to be classic old Irish but there's no Disney-fakery here. Genuine and friendly, you can nosh on complimentary baskets of salted peanuts, watch a game on TV and if the weather is warm sit near the open window and use the free wifi from the Anchor Bar across the street. O'Toole's specializes in burgers and sandwiches, all served with fries. Food is hearty, cooked and served with enthusiastic generosity. Burgers can also be done with vegetarian or turkey patties. Salads and wraps are also on the menu.

There are 11 beers on tap including West Michigan locals, Bells and Founder's. Imports include Guinness, Smithwicks and Strongbow. It has a full bar and a selection of wines.

The ArtPrize Art You'll See

Julia Garnett is from Spring Arbor, Michigan and is an acrylic on canvas artist, and her 48' x '72 painting "Farmscape" addresses the fragility of farmland in Michigan and the important role of local foods in the ecomony. "Farmscape" features brilliant green cultivated fields contrasted with bright and intense blue skies. The influence of California painter Wayne Thiebaud is felt in her work.

LeeAnne Sowa, a Cedar Springs, Michigan watercolor painter will show her painting "Window to the Past" which features an English castle as seen through a brick archway. The artwork was inspired by a year that her family lived in England. The arch is magically portrayed in greens with hues of other rainbow inspired colors while the castle sits in stark contrast, simple and plain.

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