You Asked About Jon Ryan's Pubs and The Solar Farm

We've got answers to two questions asked by readers this week.

We received a couple of questions this week that called for immediate answers, so we decided to tackle both of them.

Question: What's going on with that solar farm that was supposed to be built in Andover just over the Tewksbury line at the end of South Street?

Answer: Great question. To be honest, we'd forgotten about that project, though I'm sure the residents of that neighborhood have not. To find an answer we went to a couple of sources including Community Development Director Steve Sadwick and Brendan Lewis, the editor of Andover Patch.

The simple answer is, the project is a "go," according to Sadwick, who spoke with his counterpart in Andover.

"They are looking to start construction potentially this spring. They have working out the logistics of a land donation along the Shawsheen River," said Sadwick.

That's good news for the residents of South Tewksbury. A solar farm will have far less of an impact on the neighborhood in the long run than a residential development or an office park.

Question: I've heard that Jon Ryan's Pub is closing. Is it true? This question comes from longtime Patch reader Susan Murphy Bishop.

Answer: There was only one place to get the answer here and that was to go straight to the source. We connected with Bob Ryan, owner and founder of Jon Ryan's Pubs. It took Bob less time to answer this question that it does for his chef to whip up a tasty lunch.

"Have been hearing them for months now. I'm still here!" said Ryan. "Probably some of the competition that thought (wished) I wouldn't be here in a year. We had a great first year and plan to be here for a very long time. Ask your readers to stop by on a Friday or Saturday night and see the growth we are experiencing."

Susan Bishop February 06, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Thanks Bill!
Jon February 06, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I've been to Jon Ryan's Pub several times (including a couple in the last few weeks) each time the Food has been served Fast, Hot and Fresh and the Bar Staff has been friendly and accommodating... I wish them continued success and longevity..
Rosalynd February 06, 2013 at 03:27 PM
They have THE BEST buff tenders in town!! I dare you to try them!
CM9 February 06, 2013 at 04:56 PM
I agree Rosalynd, the tenders are so fresh and delicious!
Jon Ryans Pubs February 06, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Thank you Jon!
Jon Ryans Pubs February 06, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Thank you Bill for helping to put these rumors to rest and a BIG Thanks to all of our guests for their support in making our first year in Tewksbury a success! Remember......... KIDS 10 and under EAT FREE from the kids menu every Sunday through Thursday! (some restrictions apply).
John February 06, 2013 at 06:39 PM
They need to get Keno!
Bob Rauseo February 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
We go to John Ryan's Pub about once each week for dinner and always enjoy it. We are very satisfied with the food, service, and value. I also wish them continued success and longevity.
Jon Ryans Pubs February 06, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Thank You Bob!
Jon Ryans Pubs February 06, 2013 at 07:58 PM
We are working on it. Our accounting firm is preparing the application to be submitted to the state and should be sent out next week although I am not sure how long the process will take. Our taxes have ALWAYS been paid in a timely fashion to both the town and state so there should be no road blocks!
Jon Ryans Pubs February 06, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Thank You Rosalynd and CM9. Our goal is to make all of our guests Highly Satisfied and Loyal! Thank you again for your comments and more importantly your business!
Who Me? February 06, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Do they have a Gluten Free Menu and are trained or certified in Gluten Free and cross contamination of wheat products? Would like to try them but having 2 Celiacs in the house it can be problematic eating out.
Jon Ryans Pubs February 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
We do have a gluten free menu. It is available on our website at jonryanspubs.com. Simply inform your server and we will take all precautions. We have an "Allergy Alert" modifier that sends a message directly to the kitchen so they are very careful when preparing special orders. Ask to speak to me and I will walk your order through the prep and cooking process myself. I am very familiar with Gluten allergies and cross contamination and have trained the staff to personally communicate all Allergy Alerts to a manager and the kitchen staff. Best- Bob Ryan
Who Me? February 06, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Thanks for the answer!
Richard Menard February 17, 2013 at 07:25 PM
My wife is gluten free too, tough allergy...thankfully Market Basket has green labels on the shelves of products that are gluten free. Makes cooking for everyone challenging and a lot more costly but you can't put a price on health I guess.


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