The Friendliest Place On Earth ("Irish Pub & Restaurant" needs to be incorporated into the logo and identity)
We are launching an Irish themed Pub & Restaurant chain in the US called Paddy McIreland's (Paddy McIreland is a fictitious character whose name is meant to encapsulate the concept). This will be authentic, retro, vintage, rustic & traditional Irish style with everything in the venue made to look 200 years old. We will also be launching an old fashioned McIrelands whiskey bottle (brand) along with other merchandise. We will be a national chain so our logo/identity needs to be as iconic as the Hard Rock Cafe brand but made to look like it is a 200 year old American-Irish business with a modern & cool identity.
We need something with MODERN and CLEAN lines, but with a VINTAGE & RETRO flair. It should look traditional, vintage and rustic, but with modern stylistic elements included. Think of the "Old" alcohol brands: Jameson, Jack Daniels, Guinness. Very MODERN and CURRENT, yet TRADITIONAL, RUSTIC and ICONIC.
See SAMPLE LOGOS and ATTACHED FILES for inspiration
Paddy is an Irish character from around 1850's New York who looks like Bill The Butcher from Gangs of New York. I want him to be well dressed but to seem a bit crazy. Ideally he would be laughing (as We are The Friendliest Place On Earth) but in a crazy sinister hipster sort of way like Bill The Butcher. I have uploaded 2 pictures in the files of Bill The Butcher just for reference.