BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA
Journal Staff

The partners and shareholders in Shamrock’s are (from left) Richard Hawes, managing director of Gemkell and president of Island Girl Coffee n’ Quenchers president and CEO; Shalyn Allen, principal broker of Welcome Home Realty and general manager of Island Girl and Lee Heather, longtime bar owner of Molly’s Irish Sports Pub and the W, among others.
Photo courtesy of Shamrock Inc.

An article in the Journal in 2021 crystalized an opportunity for Richard Hawes and Lee Heather. The two read that Peter Walls, co-owner of Sling Stone LLC — which includes Shamrocks Pub & Eatery and Sling Stone Coffee and Tea Co. — was looking to sell Shamrocks in the Park Arcade in Tumon. 

Walls was concentrating on Sling Stone and Hawes and Lee had been talking about going into business as partners.

Hawes said, “It all came together and we bought it on July 11.” Everybody was happy with the purchase price for the company, he said.

Holmes is president of Shamrock Inc., Hawes is vice president and treasurer and Allen is secretary.

Shamrocks closed for painting inside and out and is due to open Aug. 5.

“It’s going to be more like a traditional British bar,” Hawes – who is originally from England – said. “We’re not going to change the name, because it’s got a good following – and it’s a good name actually.” Shamrocks new colors are black with gold embossing, but will include green.

The bar will be open daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. “We’re going to make it more of a sports bar as opposed to a restaurant,” he said. “It will still have food.” Games such as darts and pool will also be offered.

The seven current employees will have new uniforms for both the week and weekend evenings, matching the colors and theme. “We think uniforms and branding is really important,” he said. Misi Siolo has been appointed general manager.

Shamrocks will op[en in Tumon Aug.5.
Photo courtesy of Shamrock Inc.

While Shamrocks is a current endeavor, Hawes said, “We want to build a hospitality group together. … We’re also bringing a new company in. It’s a brand in the hospitality industry that’s going to be in Tumon also.”

Hawes brings restaurant experience to the mix. Aside from Island Girl, he was previously a partner in Primo Pizzakaya with Dylan Saad, but Saad is now sole owner. Hawes said he wouldn’t rule out a collaboration between the group and Saad either.

But equally important to future plans, Hawes said, “We think the timing is good.” mbj