Camillus: McNamara's undergoes facelift, expands into multi-purpose facility

When Jim McNamara bought McNamara's Pub over three years ago, the facility was in less-than-favorable shape. Since then the building has undergone a series of renovations, and McNamara's has now opened their newly finished 4,200 square-foot banquet facility that can seat up to 280 guests. The new venue is suited for weddings, reunions, graduations and corporate functions.

McNamara says that the new addition grew out of demand from the community.

"There are a lot of people in the area who needed a spot to have high-quality functions," McNamara said.

The kitchen inside the building has been expanded to meet the needs of guests in the banquet hall, named the "Dublin Room." A new entrance has been built giving guests direct access to the banquet hall, bypassing the pub. McNamara says that this was done so that the bar and banquet facility can coexist separately if need be. New bathrooms, a coatroom, a new bar and a covered entryway are also in the final stages of being built. The first events will begin in March, and although dates are filling quickly, many spring and summer events are still available.

Catering packages for banquet hall events are available. Packages can be presented in the traditional buffet-style or in a "station" fashion. Selections include a choice of carving stations, an Asian package, seafood package, pasta bar, mexican fiesta or Oktoberfest favorites, among others. All packages come with salads and/or other appropriate accompaniments.

McNamara's plans on launching it's new website, mcnamarasonline.com, within the next couple of weeks. Users will be able to view menus and photos online and email the business directly to schedule their events.

McNamara says name recognition and the good reputation of McNamara's food will go a long way to promote the pub's transition into a multi-purpose facility.

McNamara's is located at 5600 Newport Rd. in the village of Camillus.

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