By Amy L. Schubert Food Writer Published Aug 14, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Well, it's that time of year again -- Irish Fest time, that is -- and while I usually don't go to Irish Fest for the food, I'll make my customary stop at the McBob's booth just north of the Tipperary Tea Room.

Then, of course, I'll have to go to the actual McBob's Pub and Grill location, 4919 W. North Ave., soon thereafter, because I'll crave that corned beef for days.

If you haven't been to McBob's in the course of the last year or so, now is a good time to get there. The place underwent a significant facelift and expansion that opened the restaurant up for a more airy feel, and a two-sided fireplace makes the atmosphere even more homey and friendly. The food is as good as ever, if not even better.

Rumor has it, too, that many an Irish Fest piper likes to settle down at McBob's with a pint once the fest closes its gates for the eve.

Amy L. Schubert is a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has worked in every aspect of bar and restaurant operations. A graduate of Marquette University (B.A.-Writing Intensive English, 1997) and UW-Milwaukee (M.A.-Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing, 2001), Amy still occasionally moonlights as a guest bartender and she mixes a mean martini.

The restaurant business seems to be in Amy’s blood, and she prides herself in researching and experimenting with culinary combinations and cooking techniques in her own kitchen as well as in friends’ restaurants. Both she and her husband, Scott, are avid cooks and “wine heads,” and love to entertain friends, family and neighbors as frequently as possible.

Amy and Scott live with their boys, Alex and Nick, in Bay View, where they are all very active in the community. Amy finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and passions for food and writing in her contributions to