Houlihan's is a chain of restaurants in the United States. These are casual restaurants complete with bars and are based in Leawood, Kansas. Around 60 percent of the Houlihan's restaurants are franchised. The very first Houlihan's opened its doors in the year 1972 in the Country Club PLaza of KansasCity. Currently, there are more than 70 Houlihan's locations that can be found in 18 different states. Houlihan's was originally called Houlihan's Old Place since it was the first one located in what was then called Houlihan's Clothing Store. They are now privately owned and independent.