Viera didn’t have Irish food until 2 Angry Wives Pub and Eatery arrived, said Mark Ingram who is 35 percent Irish.
He co-owns 2 Angry Wives Pub and Eatery with business partner Ashley Johnson.
“There was a need for an Irish pub,” said Johnson, who lives across the street from the restaurant.
“It’s a place where everyone is supposed to hang out and have a drink and dinner. More of a family atmosphere,” Ingram said.
How did the pub and eatery get its name?
“I get asked that question all the time,” Johnson said. “Mark’s ex-girlfriend said I reminded her of an angry wife because I was always yelling at him.”
“We get along,” she added. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t yell at him once a day. We’re fine at the end of the day.”
“We can get on each other’s nerves, but we don’t have to go home with one another, so it works out,” joked Ingram.
Johnson said the success of the pub and eatery is the menu, which focuses on modern and traditional fare.
“We have our traditional dishes like shepherd’s pie, and we just wanted to have some vegan options as well.”
One of the most popular appetizers is the Irish Nachos sidewinder fries with ground corned beef, sauerkraut and Irish cheddar cheese drizzled with Thousand Island dressing. The lamb sliders, a ground lamb base with goat cheese, topped with arugula, housemade pickles, and cumin aioli on brioche are also a hit.
Irish Poutine, a combination of sidewinder fries and cheese curds topped with Guinness pie, cubed beef in Guinness filling, mushroom and onion sauce in a flaky crust was recently added to the appetizer menu.
You wouldn’t think that an Irish pub would have a pretty, red fizzy drink, but they do. The popular Raspberry Fizz is a concoction of Queen’s gin, raspberry liquor and soda.
“Our Irish mule sells really well,” Johnson said. “We use Jamieson instead of vodka with the ginger beer and add a squeeze of lime.”
Guinness is always on tap, as well as Harp, an Irish lager.
“I’m also an Intracoastal Brewing Company fan, and we always have one of their beers on tap, such as lager, whatever seasonal they have, or Dragon Point (IPA).”
From 2 to 8 p.m. March 14, the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, 2 Angry Wives will host a family-oriented party with live music and games for the kids, as well as drink and appetizer specials.
“We didn’t want to have a raging party,” Johnson said. “It’s not our thing.”
Two Angry Wives Pub & Eatery is at 3826 Murrell Road at the Rockledge Crossing shopping plaza. For more information, call 321-848-0227 or go to 2angrywives.com.