A 1927 building that was originally the Fire Department’s firehouse in Pensacola, Florida, hosts McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery, a popular and highly appreciate restaurant.
The venue is a drive-in style restaurant called the Old Firehouse Drive-In. In 1982, after the restaurant closed, the 20,000 square foot construction that features 400 seats became the home of McGuire’s Irish Pub. It has multiple themed rooms such as the Pipers Den, Notre Dame Room, The Irish Links Room and the Ruprecht O’Tolf Wine Cellar.
The walls of the restaurant are occupied by pictures of politicians, sports figures and entertainers, clever saying, wood carvings, moose heads and Irish knickknacks.
On the ceiling are glued thousands of autographed dollar bills, with a collective value estimated to the impressive amount of one million dollars.
The tradition of these dollar bills started very simple: in the beginning of the restaurant, which opened in 1977 as a small neighborhood pub, while Mcguire cooked and worked as bartender, Moly waited tables and when she made her first tip (one dollar) she glued it to the back bar for good luck. The next day, when their friends found out, they offered to add more dollar bills to the collection.
Today, over a million signed dollar bills hang from the ceiling and the pub even pays taxes for them.
The same question is in all people’s minds: How come no one tried to steal the dollar bills? Well, the temptation has been too much for some people indeed, but due to the signature on the bills, those that were stolen were returned to the pub.