Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times
The luck of the Irish may have rubbed off on Remerton’s newest establishment Lucky’s as it has joined the ranks as one of Valdosta’s most popular hang outs.
Formerly Charley O’ Corley’s Irish Pub, locals Arlyn Roberts and Mike Warren have revamped the old bar and transformed it into a modern day Irish Pub.
“It’s not just a college dive bar, it’s an Irish Pub,” said Roberts.
Before officially opening in early November of this year, Roberts and Warren had to completely makeover the ole’ stomping grounds.
“Everything is either new or completely refurbished,” said Roberts.
Roberts, with the help of his right hand man Troy Allen, who’s in charge of maintenance, completely re-did the kitchen and replaced much of the old equipment with brand new appliances.
They fixed the plumbing and replaced all the toilets and even took the trough out of the men’s bathroom.
“We completely replaced all the toilets,” said Warren.
They completely re-did the stage and even added a top of the line sound system. Equipment that is conducive to the needs of their live bands every Friday and Saturday night.
They even added a 120 inch 3D projector and screen to watch the games.
“We are really into sports,” said Warren.
Customers will notice the new tables and chairs that aren’t layered with uncleaned layers of beer and liquor spill.
Roberts and Allen stripped the bar top and made it completely over themselves.
“Essentially, we did this whole thing ourselves,” said Roberts.
Roberts and Warren literally put their blood, sweat and tears into Lucky’s and it was the experience of preparing their new business together that will keep it functioning in the future.
“It will never get back to the state it was in,” said Roberts. “Cleanliness is very important to us.”
Aside from cosmetic overhauls that included authentic Irish pub decorations, Lucky’s has one of the best pub menus in town.
“We hired an experienced kitchen manager,” said Warren.
Mark Mink has taken pub food to the next level.
“All of our food, with the exception of a few appetizers, are made fresh,” said Roberts.
Lucky’s serves several different types of hamburgers, seven different flavors of wings and so much more.
“It’s the best I’ve had lately,” said Roberts.
Roberts and Warren are working on expanding the menu in the very near future with things such as chicken nachos, an original Irish egg roll, traditional fish n’ chips and even shrimp po’ boys.
“We want to get into catering in the future,” said Warren.
It is the cleanliness and the great menu that makes Lucky’s the perfect family restaurant during the day, but it’s their beer and liquor selection that make them the best spot in town to party.
“We have the largest Irish whisky collection south of Macon,” said Warren.
They have 20 beers on tap and are always offering plenty of incentive to come in and drink them.
Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. they hold happy hour specials that include specials such as $1.75 domestic drafts and $2.25 bottles, and pints of Natural Light and Miller High Life are always $1.50.
“We always have a pitcher deal,” said Roberts.
They also host special events such as trivia night, ladies night and so much more. If you follow Lucky’s on Facebook, you can keep up to date with all their specials, events and more.
Despite only being in their early 30’s, Roberts and Warren are very in tune to modern business practices and have an innate understanding of what it takes to open and operate a successful business. A lot of understanding comes from the great team they have surrounded themselves with.
“Opening a bar is not a one man operation,” said Roberts.
Former general manager of Charley O’s and Bayou Bills, Bo Mullen, joined the Lucky’s team early on and really guided Roberts and Warren through the ups and downs of owning a bar.
Warren’s family owns Bayou Bills and he’s worked there holding various positions.
It was Bayou Bills that also introduced Warren and Roberts to Lucky’s bar manager Bekah Cox. Cox also formerly worked at Charley O’s.
“Because of them, the transition over here wasn’t as hard,” said Warren.
According to Roberts, they have surrounded themselves with the best professionals in the area and because of that, Lucky’s can remain the place that it was always intended to be.
While neither Roberts or Warren have any ambition to revive Charley O’s, it is Charley O’s former environment that they hope to draw from.
“I wanted everyone to remember why they loved Charley O’ Corley’s,” said Roberts. “I liked Charley O’ Corley’s. That’s one of the reasons I bought this bar.”
So finally, the mighty green monster has risen again in Remerton and with its new owners and new vibe, a new top pub will champion the town with live music that plays to the crowd, food that makes you feel at home and enough beer and Irish whisky flowing to keep you in good spirits.
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