TWINSBURG — Visitors to Mavis Winkle's Irish Pub may have noticed two new faces greeting them.
Husband and wife team Ed and Tammy Hoegler became the new owners of the Irish pub on Nov. 1, 2019. The former owners, Bill and Mary Jo Demopaulos, who opened the establishment in 2001, retired and turned over operations to the Hoeglers.
Owning their own restaurant has been a longtime dream for the Hoeglers. Ed said that he had a student who worked for the restaurant while he was a chef instructor for the hospitality management program at Kent State University, where he worked from 2007 to 2017.
"They had been quietly looking to sell for several years," Ed said.
Tammy said that they clicked with Bill and Mary Jo from the first meeting, but they met several times before the deal was finished.
Ed said that they currently live in Medina but when their son graduates this spring, they will move closer to the area. Ed and Tammy also have a daughter in college. He added that they look forward to getting more involved in Twinsburg; Mavis Winkle's already serves as a main hub for events sponsored by the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce, and sponsor a baseball team.
Ed and Tammy bring about 30 years of experience in the hospitality business.
"I started at age 14 working for a catering business in Wickliffe," Ed said. "I grew up in this area."
Tammy, who currently works works at Polaris Career Center as a chef instructor and pastry chef, said she grew up in Nicholson, Pa.
"Population 1,000, hospitality for a million," she said.
It was through their interest in the culinary and hospitality field that Ed and Tammy met. They first became acquainted at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.
Ed said that they have expanded the menu to include made-from-scratch cuisine inspired by Old World Europe. There's an array of salads, such as the Citrus Spinach salad and Greek salad. The salads, he said, include fresh-cut greens. Other lighter fare includes the Mediterranean Shrimp pasta.
Fish and chips also are a big seller, Ed said.
"Probably our No. 1 seller is our beer-battered haddock," Ed said. "It's awesome."
Another popular item is not considered traditional Irish fare.
"The chicken paprikash is a big seller," she said.
For guests whose taste buds yearn for a taste for the Emerald Isle, there's plenty of options, Ed said. Popular menu items include boxty, which are Irish potato pancakes. This includes Vegetable, corned beef and salmon options. The menu also includes corned beef and cabbage and a variety of appetizers.
Ed said that currently the desserts are purchased from another area business, but eventually Tammy will take the reins of creating the restaurant's sweet selections.
Tammy said that they retained all of the staff.
"They left us a fabulous staff, a fantastic system in place," Tammy said of the Demopauloses.
Those who wish to plan a private or semi-private party can use one of the restaurant's meeting spaces, Ed said. There's also a patio for outdoor dining in the summer.
Mavis Winkle's is at 8870 Darrow Road. For details, call 330-405-3663 or visit maviswinkles.com online.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, email@example.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC