On a recent trip through Bondurant, I asked the attendant at Casey’s where I could find a quick bite.
“Right here,” she replied, laughing as she explained gas stations offer the widest variety in Bondurant.
“Well, there is that new place,” she remembered. “I think they call it Founder’s now.”
Founder’s Irish Pub isn’t new in anything but name. The building sold and resold to multiple owners in the past. Last spring, Founder’s was purchased and renamed by the owners of Whiskey River in Ames, Nicki and Joe Romare.
Since acquisition, the Romares have added an expansive patio and remodeled the interior with an Irish touch, exposed brick and garage door as part of the scenery.
During lunch hour with regulars on a bitterly cold Tuesday, Founder’s provided a quick and simple bite. The $5 fried taco basket is both economical and satisfying. The bartender says the basket is a popular lunch time item, the best option in town.
She is correct. The taco is both good on the wallet and taste buds as promised. The taco deal is perfect for a typical in-and-out lunch on weekdays. Everything is quick and easy, the food arriving shortly after ordering.
The surroundings are comfortable with an industrial feel. The antique red bicycle hanging from the ceiling makes for good scenery. Irish prayers behind the bar add to the Dublin-esque feel of Founder’s. The wide array of flat screens make for a fun game day environment. Founder’s is also the place to be on football weekends. Both Hawkeye and Cyclone fans are accommodated equally in drink specials.
From the outside, gold lettering marks Founder’s in town. The patio is appropriately unoccupied on the December day I visited, but the regulars tell me the patio is popular and full in the spring.
Founder’s Irish Pub
110 First St., Bondurant
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.