Former Irish pub P.K. O'Ryan's is now a new kind of public house, this one distinctly American in style and comfort-food fare.

Former Irish pub P.K. O'Ryan's is now a new kind of public house, this one distinctly American in style and comfort-food fare. Opened in Olde Worthington in late 2014, the restaurant is named after the one-time home of owner Ian Brown's wife, The Whitney House, a nickname it earned for its address on nearby Whitney Avenue. It's the place, Brown says, where family and friends would gather for events big and small, joyous and sorrowful. The familial vibe is exactly what Brown and executive chef Maxwell Avon look to create at the bar and restaurant, from the brick-walled and stark white tiled atmosphere, to rustic comfort fare. There are no foams, no powders here. It's honest food, Avon says, but with a few playful touches. For example, Avon subs farro for typical Arborio rice in a risotto dish. A bone-in pork chop is topped with apple-cranberry chutney. And real, homey classics shine through on the daily specials list, like Big Ol' Meatloaf on Wednesdays, Mom's Stroganoff on Thursdays and Fried Chicken on Sundays. "All of the dishes are recognizable," Brown says. "They are dishes that we like to eat, but with our own twists."