Fraunces Tavern is a historic bar in New York City that has been around since the American revolution and has been witness to historical events ever since. One major event was the bombing that killed 4 people and injured more than forty. This bar was able to survive this bombing and much more throughout the years, but the tyrannical lockdown may be the end of the establishment.
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A crack runs down the middle of the restaurant’s 200-year-old wall mural – a small reminder of when a terrorist group bombed the building in 1975. Each room of the tavern – and there are many – is steeped in history and tradition.
One room boasts the Dingle Whiskey Bar, named lovingly after a town in Ireland. Another portion of the tavern includes a handcrafted fireplace and a chandelier imported the Emerald Isle. An old musket sits atop a mantle in yet another one of the historic restaurant’s renowned dining rooms.
Fraunces Tavern is a renovated historic building and restaurant located on Pearl Street in New York City’s Financial District. The oldest restaurant in the city, it was built in 1719 and has been operating as a tavern since 1762. The restaurant has toughed it out in the city that never sleeps for over 250 years, through the American Revolution, Hurricane Sandy and much more.
Fraunces Tavern’s owner, Eddie Travers, spoke with the Daily Caller about the one thing that could bring the city’s oldest restaurant down – Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 restaurant restrictions. Cuomo announced a ban on indoor dining earlier in December, just as winter rolls through the Big Apple.
This is just one of many businesses that is being destroyed by the Coronavirus lockdowns. As these lockdowns continue and the federal government stalls on any support for these business things look like they are going to get worse before they get any better.