The Iron Horse Pub is the city’s only authentic Irish American pub. It has a classic Irish atmosphere with a dash of Texas charm thrown in. The pub has become the standard for live music and nightlife in North Texas. They are a rock-solid reputable place to hang out with your friends. The atmosphere is warm with personal service and a dedication to booking high quality local, regional, and national musical acts. They pride themselves on an impressive inventory of domestic and international beers. From day one, it was a huge challenge and an uphill battle to start their business in the heart of downtown Wichita Falls. In 2000, downtown was considered unsafe at night and did not have much to offer. Some people thought that Danny and John were on an impossible mission. Danny and John worked very hard and never gave up on their dream. Even when things would hit a low point, they supported each other and did their best to always make the negatives a positive. Danny came to Wichita Falls from Ireland because he had an uncle here. He planned to get some experience and return home. He quickly decided to bring some of Ireland to Wichita Falls with the help of his Partner, John. Danny first visited the SBDC in 2000. The SBDC has assisted ‘The Pub’ along the way with marketing ideas, grant opportunities and most recently with Covid-19 updates, PPP, and EIDL loan guidance. John and Danny were recognized for their efforts when they were SBA Business Owners of the Year. The Iron Horse Pub and a restaurant next door are the anchors of downtown, and to this day, Iron Horse Pub supports downtown growth and promotes it every chance they get having have served on many committees and boards. Now the tide has turned, and downtown is a safe and fun place with many new businesses, but Iron Horse Pub saw the potential many years go.