Growing up in Shelton, James Boad dined with his grandparents most Sundays at the Ming Tree Café in downtown Shelton.
On July 1, James and his wife Nikki debuted their Wilde Irish Pub in the same building at 423 West Railroad Ave. She runs the front of the house, and he runs the business in the kitchen.
The final result barely resembles the original concept created three years ago. James, a Shelton City Council member since 2019, and Nikki has envisioned adding two stories to the building and starting a restaurant and hotel called St. Jame’s Place.
“By the time the plans came back, COV...