It took awhile—almost two years—but Plug Ugly's Publick House officially opened last Saturday. Most people will remember the space as Helen’s Garden.
I talked to co-owner Mark Bogosh this afternoon, who said the delay was due to a slow contractor and a lot of detail work. It doesn’t look like Helen’s, he said. “I’m happy with my theme and design,” he said. “It looks exactly like I wanted.”
The O’Donnell Square restaurant is named after an eponymous 1850s Baltimore political gang, and Mark—with partners Thomas Welsch and Brittany Branamer—has capitalized on the time frame in the décor, which includes two antique bars, antique lighting, and the menu.
“It’s eclectic with an historic feel,” he said of the food, with items like an English-style five-cheese ale fondue and crab-and-corn fritters. It also includes a number of fish options, raw-bar selections, burgers, salads, and entrées like pan-seared rockfish, crab-cake platter, and salmon.
The chef is Roger Shugars, formerly of Tark’s Grill. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m-2 a.m.
“It was a good opportunity,” Mark said of Plug Ugly's. “We wanted to bring something upscale to Canton.”
Photo of the downstairs bar courtesy of Plug Ugly's website.