So, what’s the Scoop on O’Keefe’s?
A Little History…
Established in 1961 by Bill O’Keefe, initially O’Keefe’s consisted of only the Tap Room seating about 50 people. Bill’s son, Frank, was a member of the famous Outlaws Band, and O’Keefe’s was a frequent hangout for the band. They enjoyed classics like the Yuk Burger and the Seven Course Irish Dinner.
When Bill O’Keefe died in 1969, Joe Smith took the reins. O’Keefe’s expanded with a new addition known as the “Cedar Room”. Unfortunately, sometime between 1972 and 1973 a car ran through O’Keefe’s demolishing everything inside! Luckily, the managers had just closed up minutes before and no one was in the building. The car was stopped by the brick pole, taking only a chip out of the side. The pole still stands near the bar today – so take a walk, and check it out!
The famous naked lady picture, rumoured to be a painting of Bill O’Keefe’s wife, remains hanging in the “Tap Room”. The painting was torn at her belly button from the horrific car crash. But, if you take a closer look you will see a band aid covering her “scar”.
Mr. Smith owned O’Keefe’s for about eleven years and subsequently sold it to the DuQuesnay Family in 1980. Father and son — Tony and Garth DuQuesnay have owned and operated O’Keefe’s as a family business ever since, and currently is operated by Garth, Terri, Danielle and Travis DuQuesnay. Tony and Garth took what started as O’Keefe’s small annual St Patrick’s Day Celebration and grew it into one of the largest private parties in America! Boasting over two tons of corned beef and semi trucks of green beer, the party keeps getting bigger and better!
O’Keefe’s has been a Clearwater landmark for years. The DuQuesnay and dedicated staff are committed to providing everyone with only the best experience — and they continue to accomplish that, being known for their excellent food, customer service, and atmosphere. Some of their staff has been here from nearly the beginning, and that says alot!
Mike Lane has been creating O’Keefe’s masterpieces and managing the kitchen since 1978. It’s easy to see they all take pride in the business and community.
From the owners and staff: A BIG THANK YOU to our fantastic and loyal customers — WELCOME TO O’KEEFE’S!