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Irish pub in Guthrie has 'spirited' atmosphere

Guthrie restaurant claims hauntings by “Merv.”
BY DINO LALLI Published: October 21, 2012

Combining good food, drink and a “lively and spirited” atmosphere, Kenney's Irish Pub in Guthrie can get you started on an Oklahoman adventure this fall. Owner Kenny Cavner and his wife opened the place only four months ago.

Cavner originally intended for the food to be a good excuse for people to come in and have a drink. But now the food has really taken off. I mean, where else can you order Irish nachos? Of course, he uses potatoes instead of corn chips. He also throws on some corn beef and bacon. Add garlic oil, a little salt and pepper, three kinds of cheeses, and … well, let's just say they don't last very long!

Nothing is fried at Kenney's. Everything is baked.

They also serve corn beef and cabbage, a mean whiskey brisket sandwich and a Guinness dip roast beef sandwich. Kenney's Irish Pub also serves the occasional Guinness, Jameson and other assorted liquid refreshments.

But it's the little-known story that makes one go “hoo, weey, hoo!” The building that houses Kenney's Irish Pub was built in 1904, and one of the original owners was a gentleman named Merv. It's been confirmed that Merv ran a family restaurant here, and would, on occasion, throw pennies on the floor for the youngsters to pick up and bring to the bar to purchase candy.

Sometimes, after current owner Cavner and his wife sweep up at night, they come in the next morning to find … you guessed it, pennies on the floor. Cavner's wife keeps them in a jar. He admitted that when he's there late at night working, he can occasionally feel someone standing at the entrance to what is now the men's restroom, where Merv's office used to be. The door to that restroom opens and closes by itself.

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In this column, Dino Lalli, co-host of “AAA's Discover Oklahoma” show, details some of the state's spooky spots for visitors. Read The Oklahoman next week to learn about a couple of travel destinations outside the state with eerie attractions. And if you have your own spooky spot, email to let us know about it.


Kenney's Irish Pub is at 116 W Harrison Ave. in Guthrie. For more information, call 260-7676 or check out the pub's Facebook page.


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