After ninety years in Bay Ridge, the Killarney Pub will shut its doors after a final closing party tonight. The South Brooklyn mainstay has faced financial trouble in recent years, due at least in part to a dwindling number of bar patrons among the local population of non-drinking Muslims.
The Brooklyn Paper broke the news, and spoke to current owner Paddy Finn about his plans. Finn hopes to open the bar in a new location, and he spoke of Bay Ridge’s shifting demographics as simply “the changing of the guard.” There are certainly worse ways to go than shifting tastes, as the owners of Freddy’s Bar—the pub formerly at the future site of “Pacific Park”—know all too well. But wherever Finn looks next, he might want to keep an eye on the neighborhood. From what we’ve heard, it’s having a moment.
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