Foley’s was among the beloved Irish pubs that went under during the pandemic. Irish eyes are crying in Manhattan.
At least 25 Irish pubs closed in the borough during the two years of the pandemic, according to Sean Murphy of the New York bar resource MurphGuide.
“After a while, it got too depressing, so I stopped keeping track,” he told The Post as St. Patrick’s Day approaches on Thursday.
The Mayor’s Office of Nightlife said that there were approximately 331 Irish, Scottish and British-style pubs in the five boroughs in 2019. Of that number, 216 were in Manhattan. That means more than 10 percent of the watering holes dried up during the two-year pandemic.
Bars and restaurants closed the day before St. Pat’s in 2020, due to COVID-19 — and many stayed shuttered even after the lockdown was lifted.
Sixth-generation bar owner Shaun Clancy said recording a video announcing the closure of his Midtown gin joint, Foley’s, was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” Shaun Clancy’s bar Foley’s was expecting a massive windfall with March Madness approaching but then COVID hit in March 2020. March 2020 would have been his biggest month of the year — $25,000 in sales — with St. Patrick’s Day, the NCAA tournament and baseball’s opening day.
“It couldn’t have come at a worse time … those 30 days paid the expenses for five quiet months,” Clancy said.
When his bar — known for its 10,000 pieces of baseball memorabilia that now sit in a storage facility — closed, MLB umpires paid his employees. Foley’s was known as a hub for baseball fans. Clancy is now living in Florida, working at the deli counter of a Publix supermarket. “And I laugh because …. I had 19 employees, every one … was making more than I make,” he said.The luck of […]
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
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