You are reading

The Irish Cottage in Forest Hills Closes After 60 Year Run

The Irish Cottage (Google Maps)

May 7, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

The Irish Cottage, a popular Irish pub and restaurant that has operated in Forest Hills since 1960, has closed due to the COVID-19 economic shutdown.

The family-run traditional Irish bar, located at 108-07 72nd Ave., was run by the McNulty family and was a staple for locals and members of the Irish American community. It served up Irish food and beer and hosted weekly music sessions.

“It’s very sad, we were one of the oldest family-run Irish bars in Queens,” said Danny McNulty, the son of the late owner Kathleen McNulty, who died last month.

McNulty said that the bar was no longer economically viable. He said that since the March 17 shut down revenue had shrunk significantly–and that the take-out orders they were providing were not enough to sustain them.

McNulty also said that the outlook was bleak since the city is likely to impose occupancy limits when bars and restaurants are permitted to reopen.

He said the future for many family-run bars and restaurants does not look good. Many will close due to lost revenue and upcoming restrictions.

“There will be no more mom-and-pops after this,” he said.

The family employed seven staff members who are now out of work as a result of the closure.

“Our longest serving staff member has been with us for 30 years,” he said.

The family had hoped to get help from the federal government to keep them in business.

“We applied for the federal bailout but we didn’t get it so it’s just not possible to keep it going,” McNulty said.

The closure is the second big blow for the family in a number of weeks.

McNulty’s mother passed away last month.

Kathleen, 80, an Irish immigrant, was struck by COVID-19 while she was recuperating from a hip injury at a care center in Long Island. She passed away on April 3 stemming from complications pertaining to the virus.

McNulty said his mother planned to come back to the bar after she recovered from her injury.

The bar was an Irish establishment but McNulty said his mother embraced people of all backgrounds.

“She made the place into a melting pot for all kinds of people to meet,” he said.

“Come as a stranger, leave as a friend,’ she would say.'”

 

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.