Highlights

Named after one of the first Irishmen to set foot in Texas, Hugh O’Connors was created by two Irishmen who now call Texas home. A haven for those seeking Ireland’s famous hospitality, Hugh O’Connors Eldridge will feature a second to none whiskey menu, casual dining, and the freshest Guinness in the city. The concept reimagines the traditional Irish bar and brings the experience into the 21st century.

A modern reimagination of the traditional Irish bar in Houston
Second location opening in Houston’s Energy Corridor, surrounded by hotels and residential
From two Irish businessmen with extensive hospitality and bar experience in Houston and Cork
Bright and vibrant atmosphere backed with partnerships from Jameson and Guinness

Investment Terms

Issuer
Rockridge International Corporation

Type of Offering
Regulation Crowdfunding

Offered By
NextSeed US LLC

Offering Min

$50,000

Offering Max

$55,000

Min Individual Investment

$100

Type of Securities

Term Note

Maturity 48 months
Payments

Monthly

Security Interest Blanket lien on all assets of the business
Ownership % Represented by Securities

0% Investors will not receive any equity interests in the Issuer or any voting or management rights with respect to the Issuer as a result of an investment in Securities.

Interest Rate 16%
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Use of Proceeds

The total project costs for Hugh O’Connors is anticipated to be around $200K and construction has already started. Roche and Kingston will be injecting their equity of $150K into the construction costs and funds raised by NextSeed will be put towards working capital and inventory once O’Connors opens its doors.

Company Description

Hugh O’Connors, a reimagination of the classic Irish bar for a new generation, is opening a second location in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

Named after one of the first Irishmen to set foot in Texas, Hugh O’Connors was created by two Irishmen who now call Texas home. A haven for those seeking Ireland’s famous hospitality, Hugh O’Connors Eldridge will feature a menu of whiskey-based cocktails, craft beer, pizza, and the freshest Guinness in the city. The concept reimagines the traditional Irish bar and brings the experience into the 21st century.

Inside the current Hugh O'Connors in Marq*E Entertainment Center.

When owners David Roche and Peter Kingston first arrived in America in 2012 to scout locations for their first stateside business, they found that most were rarely run by anybody Irish.  They saw this as an opportunity to bring a modern reinterpretation of the classic and beloved Irish bar to the states rooted in their experiences from Ireland. They saw potential in Houston’s growing demand for new dining and drinking experiences, and the increasing number of tourists visiting the city.

In 2014, the duo took over operations of Brian O’Neil’s, a popular Irish pub in Houston’s Rice Village. They remodeled the interior and revamped the menu to serve brighter, edgier takes on classic dishes. Renaming the bar Gorgeous Gael, they introduced an updated version of the classic Irish bar while maintaining the traditional warmth and welcoming atmosphere people instantly associate with the genre. They were strongly backed by some of Ireland’s most prominent brands, Jameson and Guinness, who saw value in what they were bringing to the market and  wanted to help reinvigorate people’s perception of Irish culture.

After closing Gorgeous Gael and opening Hugh O’Connors in Northwest Houston, David and Peter believe the concept is ready to expand to a second location, this time in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

In addition to a bar stocked with outstanding bourbons, scotches and whiskeys, as well as Jameson-infused cocktails, fresh Guinness pours and craft beers, the new Hugh O’Connors location will offer a food menu of fresh pizzas cooked onsite in their pizza oven and barbecue from neighboring restaurant, Houston Barbecue Company.

A robust TV package will be on display for sports-loving Houstonians. In addition to American sports, they’ll also show soccer matches from around the world — most notably the English Premier League, which has an enormous Irish following — as well as rugby and more. Hugh O’Connors's original Marq*E center location is the meeting point for the official Liverpool Supporters Club of Houston as well as Notre Dame’s official Houston bar. Similar partnership opportunities are being explored for Hugh O’Connors Eldridge. Live music and DJs will provide additional entertainment and help keep the ambiance balanced between cozy and lively.

Paving the way for a new class of modern Irish bars, Hugh O’Connors retains the warm and welcoming atmosphere Irish bars are known for while breathing new life into the experience to create something exciting for a new generation of drinkers.

Business Model

Perhaps the most notable aspect of Hugh O’Connors as an Irish bar in Houston is its genuinely Irish ownership. Kingston and Roche are two of the few Irish bar owners, operators, and restaurateurs in the city, and having spent most of their lives in Ireland are best positioned to know the culture they’re sharing.

Both men are from Cork, near Ireland’s southern coast, and worked in the food, beverage, and hospitality businesses long before moving to the U.S. to pursue their most recent venture. The pair began running the Western Star bar in Cork’s city center in 2000, and while David subsequently went on to run his family business — the Innishannon House Hotel, where he oversaw all matters relating to the hotel and its food — Peter opened and began running another bar in Cork.

The overhead costs can be kept relatively low with a single food item offered from their pizza oven. By streamlining the menu, food waste and costs can be reduced, and a partnership with their neighboring business, Houston Barbecue Company — a resident of the property for almost 20 years — will garner both spots more recognition while providing patrons with another fabulous food option.

One of the most exciting aspects to Hugh O’Connors Eldridge is its partnership with Jameson and Guinness. Both brands are Irish institutions and have tremendous market recognition. Their backing of Hugh O’Connors speaks volumes about the bar’s authenticity, and both companies plan to have official brand dinners at the bar around St. Patrick’s Day.

There are exciting opportunities for Hugh O’Connors Eldridge to expand the successful sports programming found at the original location. They currently host the official watch parties for all Notre Dame games and Liverpool FC matches, a soccer team whose stateside support continues to grow along with support for the game. NBC Sports purchased the broadcast rights several years ago, making the English Premier League one of the easiest foreign soccer contests to consume and most supported in the U.S. Hugh O’Connors is also the official bar of their local Houston rugby team, the SaberCats, and the local Gaelic football team, and have successfully increased their business with sponsorships and radio spots on ESPN Houston’s Soccer Matters with Glen Davis.

Rendering of the first Hugh O'Connors location in Marq*E Entertainment Center.

By having both Irish and American directors and operators at Hugh O’Connors, they’ve been able to bring the best of both worlds to create a true melting pot, where authentic Irish ambiance meets American hospitality standards. No matter their heritage, guests will always feel welcome at this authentically Irish bar.

Location Analysis

Roche and Kingston identified the Energy Corridor (1127 Eldridge Parkway) as the ideal place to expand after observing the area’s growing influx of business travelers and the lack of authentic local establishments serving an increasingly young, affluent residential demographic.

The Energy Corridor is a large business district and a hub of office campuses for energy industry titans like BP America, Citgo, and Shell Oil Company. An underserved market when it comes to dining and drinking options, the closest bar is over a mile away. Three nearby hotels – Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn, and Residence Inn – numbering a combined 465 rooms regularly post 90% occupancy.

In addition to offices, the pedestrian-friendly area has increasingly become residential, seeing lots of young professionals moving in. The Energy Corridor is also developing transportation options such as bus routes, vanpools, carpools, and bike paths to accommodate for the growth in population they are experiencing. The population growth is largely composed of affluent professionals working in the oil & gas industry.

The Energy Corridor is less than a 30-minute drive from the city center, easily accessible via two of Houston's main arteries: Interstate 10 and Highway 6.

History

2000
Kingston and Roche begin running Western Star bar together in Cork city center, Ireland
2005
Roche begins running Innishannon House Hotel and Kingston opens another bar in Cork
2012
Kingston and Roche take a 90-day trip to the U.S. to scout locations for an Irish bar
2014
The pair assume ownership and operation of Brian O’Neil’s in Rice Village, renovate, and rename it Gorgeous Gael.
2018
Gorgeous Gael moves to Marq*E entertainment center as the result of a property buyout, becomes Hugh O’Connors
2019
Hugh O’Connors second location set to open in Houston’s Energy Corridor

Meet the Team

Peter Kingston
Owner

Peter Kingston spent years working in the hospitality industry in Cork, Ireland, where he successfully ran Western Star with business partner David Roche. He went on to open a second bar The Classic Bar and Nightclub in Cork which he ran for eight years. He’s passionate about serving the best Irish drinks in Houston and providing an authentic, modern experience to go with them.

David Roche
Director

David Roche grow up in the hospitality business in West Cork, Ireland, where his family owned the Innishannon House Hotel. He assumed responsibility for running the hotel in 2005, where he oversaw all matters relating to the hotel and its food services. Prior to that, he’d successfully run a bar, Western Star, in Cork’s city center with his business partner, Peter Kingston. In 2012, he began looking into opportunities in the United States with the backing of Jameson and Guinness before finding Brian O’Neill’s in Houston and reopening it as Gorgeous Gael.

Bonus Rewards

Early Bird Reward
9 remaining
First 50 investors who invest $500 or more will receive:
  • $50 Gift Card
    For the new location on Eldridge.

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