It’s been two years since Claremore Fire lost one of its own. Captain Jason Farley died in the line of duty during a Memorial Day water rescue. Now, two of his closest friends are determined to carry on the legacy of Jason “F-Train” Farley, while serving the folks of Claremore, too.
J. Farley’s, an Americanized Irish pub, will open in The Cornerstone (609 Brady St.), which is the new mixed-use facility on Brady Street. Building owners Crystal and Jeff Campbell are excited about the construction of the restaurant and the possibilities it will bring to the up and coming West Bend District.
J. Farley owners are Chris Hayes and James Franklin. Hayes is a 20-year member of the Claremore Fire Department. The men became friends 25 years ago while working at U.S. Marine in Claremore. Bonding over fishing and motorcycles, the two are now more like brothers. Both were great friends with Farley and they’ve been through a lot together.
The idea first came to them to open a restaurant a few years ago, and they were seriously looking into opening a franchise of a popular sandwich chain. Frustrated with the endless list of rules and requirements, they decided to open their own creation. Big fans of burgers and craft beer, the concept of J. Farley’s was born.
They began scouting locations and coming up empty. The Campbells approached them and the partnership at The Cornerstone began. Construction is underway at a fast and furious pace.
The restaurant will serve gourmet burgers, including the signature “F-Train”, which features grilled onions and jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and a homemade strawberry habanero sauce. Several other burgers, hot wings, and a selection of salads, sandwiches, and appetizers will be available. A few dishes “from across the pond” will round out the menu, in a nod to the Irish ancestry of both Jason Farley and Chris Hayes. One menu item that sounds particularly intriguing is the hand-cut fries served with beer cheese and Guiness gravy.
There will be craft beers and a full liquor bar, as well. Outside seating will be available, too.
Three Claremore firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty, including Farley, Guy Cooper, and Jim McElwain. Hayes and Franklin are determined to keep the memories alive, and the pub will have photographs of Farley, as well as several firefighter touches in the decor, so that Claremore will never forget the sacrifices made.
J. Farley’s is slated to open in Claremore in September 2017.
Keep it local, Claremore!
-MCM Staffer Ashley,
who enjoys a good beer
and hand-cut fries