The Cavanaugh’s Crew Takes Over Headhouse’s Dark Horse Pub

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It’s been in the works for what feels like forever, but now it’s official: Patrick Pawliczeck, Ken Hutchings and the rest of the crew behind the city’s three Cavanaugh’s properties are now in possession of Headhouse watering hole Dark Horse Pub. A rep for Cav’s tells Grub that for the time being the bar and restaurant will retain its name, but further down the road may attach the Cavanaugh’s moniker in one form or another. The new ownership brings chef Ben McNamara, who was turning out polished pub grub back when the city’s gastropub set were still drinking from sippy cups, back into the fold. After his last stint at the 2nd and South spot — and its predecessor the Dickens Inn — McNamara went on to helm kitchens at New Wave Cafe, St. Stephen’s Green, and Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant.

Back on Headhouse Square, McNamara will turn out a menu of bar staples like burgers, nachos, and wings, plus more imaginative creations like sausage rolls, a pretzel Reuben, and a Yard’s beef Brawler sandwich. Weeknight specials will include Monday wing nights, Thursday roasts, and a prime rib special on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays will feature brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.