Charlottetown restaurant gets kudos on The Tonight Show

Mitch MacDonald
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Liam Dolan, owner of the Olde Dublin Pub, grins next to the massive “Mount Dublin” burger. The restaurant’s burger, which only five individuals have ever fully conquered, was featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this past Wednesday night. Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald

Charlottetown restauranteer Liam Dolan thought at first it was a joke when he received a phone call from the production team behind The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

While Dolan did ultimately end up on the receiving end of a joke, it was all in good humour when the iconic NBC show spotlighted the Olde Dublin Pub’s “Mount Dublin” burger in front of millions of North American viewers earlier this week.

Dolan said the restaurant first received a phone call earlier this week from an individual who eventually revealed themselves to be part of Leno’s team. He asked Dolan for permission to use the restaurant’s burger.

“I said ‘this is a prank,” Dolan said during an interview with The Guardian.

“He said ‘no, no’ and explained what he (Leno) wanted to do and explained how he was going to do it.”

The mention came at the end of Leno’s monologue when he invited the audience to participate in a game called “Real Food for Fat Ass Americans or Something Disgusting We Made Up?”

Leno listed the burger’s ingredients — a dozen patties of Island beef, a dozen slices of cheese and bacon slices, red onion and tomato on a sesame seed bun and served with a pound of fries — and asked the audience to guess which category the item belonged to.

Many in the crowd thought it was real, while an equal amount thought the burger was made up.

Cheers rang out when Leno announced the burger was indeed real and is sold for $49.95 at the Olde Dublin Pub before he was interrupted by a producer off-stage.

“The Olde Dublin Pub is on Prince Edward Island, that’s in Canada,” said the producer.

“It’s in Canada?” asked Leno before exclaiming, “It’s real food for fat ass Canadians.”

 There was much laughter from the crowd when Leno made the quip and a picture of one of the individuals who “conquered” Mount Dublin ran onscreen.

While the individual had worried about offending Dolan with the segment, Dolan gave his consent and said he found the mention funny.

“It was good,” he said with a chuckle.

Dolan said the individual pictured is a resident of New Brunswick and is one of the five individuals who have eaten the burger, which must be completed within 45 minutes for it to be free. Anyone who completes the challenge also receives a t-shirt with bragging rights.

Many have failed the challenge, said Dolan.

“That’s a lot of eating there with the fries and the cheese. It’s pretty rich,” he said, adding that he expects the restaurant will sell a few more orders of the burger due to the massive amount of buzz among Islanders over Facebook and Twitter.

“Any little publicity like that is fantastic,” said Dolan, referencing both the Leno incident and his 2010 appearance on Live! With Regis and Kelly when the show was filmed in Charlottetown.

“When you get a mention for Prince Edward Island, it’s promoting P.E.I., which I’m always happy to do in any way, shape or form.”

The clip of Leno’s monologue can be viewed for a limited time on NBC’s website.

Organizations: North American, Fat Ass

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Dublin, Prince Edward Island Canada New Brunswick

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  • Ken in NJ USA
    December 26, 2012 - 00:09

    It was re-broadcast Christmas night. This is nothing but good news for PEI and the Olde Dublin Pub. Wherever it is broadcast, people like myself say "For real?? I gotta look that up!" And they Google it, coming across this website, the Pub website, and maybe check out other links to PEI. Maybe next time I'm in the Maritimes I'll cross that bridge to a new (for me) province. Not to eat Mount Dublin, but they did have other good food and entertainment.

  • Gerard
    December 17, 2012 - 12:42

    Lighten up Karen and Disgusted...........Leno was NOT mocking P.E.I. he even thought at first it was a U. S. restaurant........ LIVE A LITTLE and HAVE A LAUGH. You sound like a couple Morons.

  • Karen
    December 17, 2012 - 09:33

    I saw the show. I was embarassed. He was laughing at us! Leno never laughs "with" anyone. Does this paper know waht "kudos" actually mean?

    • Marie
      December 18, 2012 - 08:55

      Whether Mr. Leno was laughing at us or with us, Jay Leno laughter is GOOD for anyone/thing involved. The free world advertising for a Charlottetown eatery must be making Liam Dolan happy...anyone eating this size of burger has to be ready for some "oink oink" jokes. Lighten up Karen....PEI was on Jay Leno!!!! Love you all...skinny to super sized!!!

  • Disgusted
    December 16, 2012 - 22:59

    This is disgusting.....This should attract a lot of people to PEI....come and get a heart attack...we cook with fat!!! I thought we were trying to have a healthy Island... I would never eat at the Olde Dublin Pub....Jay Leno was laughing at you, not with you!!!

    • ...
      December 17, 2012 - 09:30

      calm down and get a sense of humor. The Olde Dublin is amazing and I would recommend it anyday!

      December 17, 2012 - 18:02

      Before you have a heart attack,slow down. There is a low-cal version that only uses 9 patties and skim milk cheeze. (Plus Leno never mentioned the PEI fries)

  • Flo
    December 16, 2012 - 17:43

    Atta go liam !!Good advertisement for P.E.I.

  • JD Gagne
    December 16, 2012 - 15:33


  • ronald mcdonald
    December 16, 2012 - 14:04

    It should be called the heart attack express