Irish pub in Steamboat Springs gets new owners, remodel |

Irish pub in Steamboat Springs gets new owners, remodel

The Oberly family recently became the new owners of McKnight's Irish Pub in Steamboat Springs. Pictured are John Oberly, left, and his daughter, Rachel.
Scott Franz

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Oberlys are back at the helm of a pub in Steamboat Springs.

John and Pam Oberly, who back in the late 1980s opened and ran Paddy O’Brien’s American Pub at the former Quality Inn Overlook Hotel between downtown and the mountain, recently became the owners of McKnight’s Irish Pub in the Wildhorse Marketplace.

“People will notice the remodel first,” John Oberly said. “It’s nice and bright and open. We moved some walls out. We miss the pool tables a bit, but the remaining space is a lot warmer and more open.”

Oberly said menu staples such as the fish and chips, the shepherd’s pie and the Irish Reuben are staying.

Live music will return to the pub, and that includes an open mic night on Wednesdays.

Also new to McKnight’s is a locals’ card that will offer patrons discounts every time they visit.

“You won’t have to wait until mud season to get deals,” he said.

The Oberlys are acquiring the pub from Kerry Shea and business partner Brent Pearson, who opened it in December 2011.

“It’s been a great operation and a great chance to connect with town in support of a number of different things,” Shea said noting the connections the restaurant has built with youth sports teams. “It really was built from the core concept on what an Irish pub is or longs to be. That was always our intent and our goal to have those connections and to be that community location where various factions come in and feel at home.”

Shea said he and Pearson “couldn’t be more pleased” that the Oberlys decided to purchase the business.

Shea continues to focus on real estate development projects in the area.

Food service runs deep in the Oberly family.

Oberly’s daughter Rachel is the restaurant’s events and marketing coordinator.

John said Rachel had a snack stand when she was 14.

John and Pam’s son Ryan works at Truffle Pig.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

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