Luck of the Irish
Reilly’s pub was established in 2008 with a dream in mind - to create a friendly irish neighborhood pub where friends and families could meet and enjoy good food, good times, good company, and make some good memories. Located on the lovely dubbed, Green Lake Terrace, Reilly’s has become a popular gathering place for patrons all year round. Reilly’s is proud to be a part of the Green lake community and surrounding area.
N4111 S Lakeshore Drive
Markesan, WI 53946
Open 5 days a week at 11am
Closed Monday’s & Tuesdays
The Story of Reilly
In September of 2008, renovations began on what is now Reilly’s Pub, a small family owned business overlooking the shores of Green Lake. Early one morning several weeks into the construction, the crew arrived at work to find quite a surprise. Low to the ground, just inside the entrance, was a mysterious little door. At ﬁrst the crew thought it was a joke since no one knew how the door appeared inside the empty building. That night the owners and some of the crew camped out to spy on whatever was living on the other side of the locked doorway. Many hours into the night everyone fell asleep having seen neither hide nor hair of anything. Suddenly, the slamming of a door woke them and they knew they had missed their opportunity!
Months went by with no sightings and the construction was completed. The mysterious little door remained untouched and became a part of the Pub. One night as the staff and owners were working to prepare to open the restaurant, they heard a strange noise coming from near the entrance. As they turned the corner, they saw a tiny creature peering out of the mysterious little door. When their eyes met, the little stranger scurried into the door and slammed it shut! The next morning the owners hired an artist to create a picture of the little creature that was seen the night before. Everyone was amazed to see that the picture turned out to be a leprechaun! It is that very drawing that now hangs above his mysterious little door. It only seemed fitting to name the Pub after this little Green Lake Leprechaun that we lovingly named Reilly.
Since the initial sighting of Reilly, we uncovered part of his house inside the General Store. Reilly can be very untidy, leaving his bed unmade and his books strewn about. We know he is a sports fan, decorates for the various holidays and receives mail from admirers. He seems to enjoy his summers out by the rocks and the waterfall because customers have told us they have seen motion by the lilies. We know that he is sneaky to avoid being seen but we have found candy wrappers by his door so we know he exits. It is so special to have a leprechaun living here at Reilly’s Pub! Please be considerate to Reilly and his belongings, and if you’re lucky enough to meet him please say hello for us all!
So things change through the years and in 2017 Connie & Randy Sondalle purchased Reilly’s Pub. The little Leprechaun was not having it. Seems Reilly does not like change! Every night Reilly would dirty the dishes and roll green toilet paper on the floor! They tried everything to get the Leprechaun to like them! They tried singing Irish songs, and decorating in Green & Gold, and even changed their name to O’Sondalle nothing worked……until they finally found the key or should we say shovel? One day they accidentally left the shovel from the Gravedigger himself outside the door. Turns out Reilly is a Packer fan and idolizes Gilbert Brown, the Gravedigger. After your meal take a tour of Reilly’s home and see if you can win Reilly’s autographed shovel away from him! With the luck of the Irish and the blessing of the Gravedigger ….you could be a prize winner!
N4111 S Lakeshore Drive,
Markesan, Wisconsin, 53946
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