Perry and Shirley McCall always wanted to own a business but it wasn’t until their son, Darren, showed interest that their idea became the Keltic Star Public House.
While their business may be new, the McCalls were far from novices when they started Keltic Star. Shirley had over 20 years of restaurant employment and management experience. Darren brought in both front of the house and back of the house experience having worked in all aspects of the restaurant and bar business in Manhattan.
To get their idea open for business the McCalls sought out the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at Washburn University’s outreach center in Manhattan. Located with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce the Manhattan center was close for the McCalls to get some quick assistance from consultant Daryn Soldan. Soldan worked with the McCalls assisting with business entity and state tax filings as well as the paperwork required to obtain state and local liquor licenses.
Since opening, Keltic Star has become a popular K-State game day hangout. Sports fans of all types come by to watch soccer and rugby matches direct from Europe’s top leagues and enjoy the Keltic menu.
Menu items, drinks, and even booth upholstery – green for Ireland, red for Shirley’s native Wales and Blue for Scotland – have strong ties across the Atlantic. However, the McCalls didn’t stop there. They imported pub stools directly from England and had a 2,400 lb. red phone booth shipped over from a small town in Wales.
The public house, or pub, also connects with the local Manhattan community and Kansas State University. The McCalls chose the original spelling of Keltic, with a “K” as a nod to the university, and developed a logo that prominently features a purple “KS”. Purple upholstery can also be found throughout the interior.
When asked about their secret to success, Shirley McCall, Co-Owner shared simply, “We focus on great food and better service, things we’ve learned the value of through years of experience.”
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Assisted by Daryn Soldan, KSBDC Consultant | KSBDC at WU | Manhattan. WU KSBDC Outreach | 785.587.9917 | washburnsmallbusiness.com | Daryn.email@example.com
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