Monthly Archives: March 2012

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30 03, 2012

Bye bye Holmes & Watson, hello Finnbar’s pub

The longtime manager of a popular Albany bar and his wife are paying $193,000 for the Holmes & Watson building in downtown Troy. They plan to reopen it as Finnbar’s Irish Pub. Sean Costello, a manager at Cafe Hollywood for 17 years, and Megan Costello, a hair stylist at VSalon in Guilderland, expect to close on the property in early April. The couple lives in Albany. They are self-funding the purchase along with Costello’s parents, Joe Costello and Jean Costello, of North Greenbush. They will invest another $40,000 to paint and renovate the pub at 450 Broadway. Source: Pam Allen, bizjournals.com

30 03, 2012

Bye bye Holmes & Watson, hello Finnbar's pub

The longtime manager of a popular Albany bar and his wife are paying $193,000 for the Holmes & Watson building in downtown Troy. They plan to reopen it as Finnbar’s Irish Pub. Sean Costello, a manager at Cafe Hollywood for 17 years, and Megan Costello, a hair stylist at VSalon in Guilderland, expect to close on the property in early April. The couple lives in Albany. They are self-funding the purchase along with Costello’s parents, Joe Costello and Jean Costello, of North Greenbush. They will invest another $40,000 to paint and renovate the pub at 450 Broadway. Source: Pam Allen, bizjournals.com

30 03, 2012

O'Shay's Pub adds Irish flavor to the Grove

It takes a lot more than shamrocks and Guinness to make a good Irish pub. O’Shay’s Pub has both, but owner Shay Landry goes even further with his new spot in the city’s Grove neighborhood. Located in a prime corner space that was Newstead Tower Public House until 2010, O’Shay’s opened in February and makes good use of some existing design features: Warm, red walls and old-timey streetlight-style lamps add a cozy ambiance. A foosball game sits among dining tables near the front of the pub, and a shuffleboard table lines one wall; bring your A-game on Tuesdays and Thursdays — foosball and shuffleboard nights. We visited O’Shay’s on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when the bar had a steady lunch crowd. The bartender was taking care of customers at tables and at the bar but juggled her duties [...]

30 03, 2012

O’Shay’s Pub adds Irish flavor to the Grove

It takes a lot more than shamrocks and Guinness to make a good Irish pub. O’Shay’s Pub has both, but owner Shay Landry goes even further with his new spot in the city’s Grove neighborhood. Located in a prime corner space that was Newstead Tower Public House until 2010, O’Shay’s opened in February and makes good use of some existing design features: Warm, red walls and old-timey streetlight-style lamps add a cozy ambiance. A foosball game sits among dining tables near the front of the pub, and a shuffleboard table lines one wall; bring your A-game on Tuesdays and Thursdays — foosball and shuffleboard nights. We visited O’Shay’s on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when the bar had a steady lunch crowd. The bartender was taking care of customers at tables and at the bar but juggled her duties [...]

30 03, 2012

Mulleady’s Irish Pub: A Kid-Approved Meatfest

Most parents with kids-in-tow tend to steer clear of pubs on St. Paddy's Day, even if they're all-ages establishments. Brilliantly, there are 364 days each year when Emerald City pubs aren't solely dedicated to the Emerald Isle. Now that March 17, 2013, is 352 days away, there's plenty of time to meander to the excellent, family-friendly Mulleady's Irish Pub in Magnolia. Mulleady's dark wood tables and stone fireplace are brightened up by a large skylight in the middle of the room. Kids are allowed in the main dining area until 9 p.m., and on a recent Friday evening, the bar was lined with people and most tables were full. A few families were spread amongst the crowd, and the mellow setting seemed to soothe younger diners into a happy daze. Or maybe it was the after-effect of the shepherd's pie, with cheesy [...]

30 03, 2012

Mulleady's Irish Pub: A Kid-Approved Meatfest

Most parents with kids-in-tow tend to steer clear of pubs on St. Paddy's Day, even if they're all-ages establishments. Brilliantly, there are 364 days each year when Emerald City pubs aren't solely dedicated to the Emerald Isle. Now that March 17, 2013, is 352 days away, there's plenty of time to meander to the excellent, family-friendly Mulleady's Irish Pub in Magnolia. Mulleady's dark wood tables and stone fireplace are brightened up by a large skylight in the middle of the room. Kids are allowed in the main dining area until 9 p.m., and on a recent Friday evening, the bar was lined with people and most tables were full. A few families were spread amongst the crowd, and the mellow setting seemed to soothe younger diners into a happy daze. Or maybe it was the after-effect of the shepherd's pie, with cheesy [...]

30 03, 2012

McGorey's Fundraiser Honors Cancer Stricken First-Grader

Dozens of people had their heads shaved for a good cause at Johnny McGorey’s Irish Pub in Massapequa this past Saturday during a childhood cancer fundraiser for a St. William the Abbot School student who battled a brain tumor at a young age. The Massapequa restaurant hosted a St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser event that honored Colin Conaty, a 6-year old first grader at the Seaford school who was diagnosed just before his second birthday. Collin, who lives in Massapequa, had to undergo countless tests, chemotherapy and daily radiation but has been healthy of late with 2012 marking his fifth year being cancer-free. He was excited to be at the fundraiser for St. Baldrick's, a non-profit group that has focused on raising money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. When asked what his favorite part of the event was he answered, “the raffles [...]

30 03, 2012

McGorey’s Fundraiser Honors Cancer Stricken First-Grader

Dozens of people had their heads shaved for a good cause at Johnny McGorey’s Irish Pub in Massapequa this past Saturday during a childhood cancer fundraiser for a St. William the Abbot School student who battled a brain tumor at a young age. The Massapequa restaurant hosted a St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser event that honored Colin Conaty, a 6-year old first grader at the Seaford school who was diagnosed just before his second birthday. Collin, who lives in Massapequa, had to undergo countless tests, chemotherapy and daily radiation but has been healthy of late with 2012 marking his fifth year being cancer-free. He was excited to be at the fundraiser for St. Baldrick's, a non-profit group that has focused on raising money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. When asked what his favorite part of the event was he answered, “the raffles [...]

30 03, 2012

Luck of the Irish

There’s a new tenant on Montague Street — Brownstoner reports that an Irish pub will move into the space recently vacated by the long-standing Italian takeout spot, La Traviata. “Will it raise the standard of Montague dining – a trend that we’ve seen hints of recently?” mused Jorale-man on the Brooklyn Heights Blog, “or will it continue the tradition of so-so to mediocre restaurants that have long dominated the street?” Source: SARAH ZORN, brooklynpaper.com

29 03, 2012

How a Jersey town saved its Irish heart

Hurricane Irene was approaching the northeast last August, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie famously told his fellow citizens to “get the hell off the beach.” It was pretty sound advice. But the governor said nothing about getting the hell off South Avenue in Cranford, many miles from the nearest beach. Turns out he should have. The storm hit on Saturday, Aug. 27. Within a matter of hours, South Avenue and other parts of Cranford were taking on water as drainage systems failed and a modest river nearby overflowed its banks. Barry O’Donovan, owner of a pub in Cranford named Kilkenny House, jumped into a friend’s Hummer two days later to inspect the damage to his business. Nothing could have prepared him for what he found. “The basement is about 10 feet deep, and it was filled with water,” [...]