About Us

Hooley House Sports Pub & Grille
is a local concept
born in Mentor in 2008
and is family owned and operated.

Our Story

What's a Hooley? Hooley is Irish slang for a party or celebration, usually a home kitchen party.

Hooley House Sports Pub & Grille was founded in 2008 by John Reece and Ward Lawson, two thirty-year veterans in the food service industry with a passion for great tasty food and legendary service. Together, with the support of their families, they created a family friendly, party-like Irish-American sports bar. Supported by a pool of investors comprised of family and friends, they have expanded their privately owned, unique concept to four locations throughout the northeast Ohio area.

John, Ward and Richie set their sights on operating the best sports bar in the area.
As it turns out, they've been successful in achieving their goal.
The Hooley House Sports Pub & Grille has been voted
BEST SPORTS BAR by Cleveland City Voters from 2011 through 2020, consecutively.
Thank you, voters.

Our Mission

Together, we culture respect.
Respect for each other,
respect for our business and its success,
respect for our guests,
respect for our communities.

John Reece; Co-Founder, Co-Owner, CEO

John Reece

Co-Founder, Co-Owner, CEO

Ward Lawson; Co-Founder, Co-Owner, VP, Strategic Consultant

Ward Lawson

Co-Founder, Co-Owner, VP, Strategic Consultant

Richie Reece; Co-Owner, President

Richie Reece

Co-Owner, President