Why Irish Kevins is plural, not possessive

By Erika Mahoney

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City is a little greener, in the sense of shamrocks and leprechauns.

A new restaurant and bar called Irish Kevins opened last week on Riverside Drive. "Kevins" is plural because two Kevins own the bar -- Kevin Telfer and Kevin Telfer Jr.

"My dad has been my best friend my whole life, he's always been there for me," Kevin Jr. Telfer said. "So opening a bar with him is just something awesome I can do, and hopefully we get old together."

It's been a dream of the Irish duos to open a bar together, and where they did make it even more special.

"Pancho's Pit was here for 50 years, a lot of the neighborhood came here," said Kevin Telfer, including himself.

He says the neighborhood is excited to have somewhere to grab lunch, dinner or drinks once again.

"There is a large Irish community, but there's also a big need in this part of the city, this part of town," Maureen Mooney, a customer, said. "And so Irish or not, I think everyone is going to be very excited about it, but I'm a little slanted... Mooney."

The Irish pub is clearly Irish, from the green bar to menu items like bangers and mash.

Live music will be possible, with space in the back. The family also has a piano and plan on having a sign that reads, "If you can play, play, if not, stay away."

While the pub is a father and son affair, both agree it's a family project.

"It's been great," said the younger Telfer. "My uncle has been here everyday, couldn't get him to leave. My cousin helped in the bar, we have three cousins bartending, my girlfriend got us over 1800 likes on Facebook. My mom hates him (dad) because he's been here all day and night (laugh), but she's been a big supporter."

So far, there haven't been any family fights, according to Kevin Jr. Telfer, other than his dad getting on his case about shaving his beard.

The restaurant is located at 47 Riverside Dr. in Johnson City.

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