Who We Are

Our Story

A group of childhood friends who have the vision to create a dining experience like no other. In the heart of Putnam, ‘The Hare and the Hound‘ is an Irish-themed restaurant with the theme of traditional Celtic dishes but with a modern twist that reflects both the personalities of the owners and the experience gained working in the restaurant field. We hope that everyone can come into our restaurant and enjoy a stellar dining experience for years and years to come.

Meet Our Owner

The man who started it all

Meet Owner Michael DiCenzo

Since I was in high school I’ve had the entrepreneurial spirit. My mother would waitress, bartend, and do her 9-5. She would always give me her change every day to take to school, which I loved because we didn’t have much so that made me super excited. I saved it, and then when the ice cream man came to our neighborhood, I would buy candy necklaces and pixie sticks from him for the normal truck cost. I would bag them up and resell them in school to the kids at a higher price. Until one day he asked what I was doing, and I told him. He laughed at me and said, “you know what kid, I’m going to give you the whole box of both and you bring me back $40.00 and keep the rest”. In my head I thought this guy is crazy I’m totally ripping him off. Little did I know he was buying them for $12.00 a box and making $16.00 off of me. But, he trusted me and gave me a no money down option, and I always paid. Your word is everything. From this endeavor and my clothing line EastCoast Entrepreneur, I’ve always wanted to work for myself on my own terms.