Address : 216 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah, GA 31410
Phone : (912) 898-0852
The party is at Molly McGuires on Wilmington Island! Come on out and see us 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and drinks! We have a great deck, full bar, and diners can enjoy live entertainment. Only at McGuire’s can you Eat, Drink and Be Molly! McGuire’s is in the Wilmington Island Shopping Plaza tucked away from the hustle and bustle. This best-kept secret features Ansley Williams’ signature favorite, chicken fingers and spuds, that have been popular at his Spanky’s restaurants. The staff also serves salads, shrimp, fish and seafood specials.”We definitely offer healthy alternatives for our diners,” said Williams. Stop by Molly’s on the way to the beach to pick up a Box Lunch, and make sure to visit them on the way back for awesome cocktails like a Mojito or Molly’s Lucky Lemonade! Extra thirsty? Hit up their daily Happy Hour from 11am – 7pm. Don’t miss their Theme Party every last Saturday of the month where you’ll dress in costume and win cash prizes!
The focal point of Molly McGuire’s is a covered deck enhanced by ceiling fans and completed with a wood-shingled roof, gazebo and cupola for outside dining. “This is a focal point for gatherings,” said Williams, “and the western red cedar roof in the ceiling and around the beams came from docks in Hilton Head.” A sophisticated sound system completes the outdoor redesign, which accommodates live entertainment for the enjoyment of diners. The outdoor decks surrounding the entire restaurant have been extended to a total of 3,000-square-feet, as well as including another 3,000-square-feet of dining space inside the restaurant. “This provides the capability of hosting 40 people in the bar, 40 people in the dining room and another 45-50 diners on the patio,” said Williams. “We needed more air-conditioned and heated space. Initially, Molly Mcguires focus is on the food and we sprinkle the atmosphere with outdoor entertainment, oyster roasts and private parties,” he said.
A staff of 25 employees serves popular items such as chicken fingers and spuds, in addition to salads, shrimp, fish and seafood specials.”We definitely offer healthy alternatives for our diners,” said Williams. The 59-year-old Thomaston native has the Midas touch when it comes to the restaurant business. As a college student at Georgia Tech, Williams began his restaurant career cooking hamburgers at The Bucket Shop in Underground Atlanta. He moved to Savannah in 1974 to manage O’Leary’s Tavern on River Street. He and partners Alben and Dusty Yarbrough – lifelong friends from Thomaston – opened the first Spanky’s Restaurant on River Street in December 1976. Over the years, Spanky’s began popping up all over Savannah – stretching from the Westside to the Southside and Tybee Island and even St. Simons Island as well. Other restaurants followed, including Tubby’s Tank House, Fiddler’s, the Cobblestone Conch House and the Savannah River House. He and the Yarbroughs eventually divided up all of the Spanky’s Restaurants, and currently Williams is partner in the Live Oak Restaurant Group. He owns and operates Spanky’s on River Street, Tubby’s Tank House on River Street and in Thunderbolt, Fiddler’s on River Street and the Southside, the Cobblestone Conch House and the Savannah River House.
Williams is also a partner in the three Savannah Candy Kitchen stores and has extensive real estate holdings in Savannah and Nashville, Tenn. Williams has created numerous job opportunities in the community through all of his restaurants and candy stores. By his estimate, more than 500 people are employed within all of these businesses. Not bad for a Georgia Tech graduate once focused on a career in aerospace. “I enjoy people and a party atmosphere. I am being paid to do something that I love, when I would have paid to have this job,” said Williams. Come see us at Molly McGuires.