In honor of the milestone, some prices were dropped to 1933 rates, including select 10 cent beers, last Wednesday night. A complimentary beef carving station fed many on Wednesday night.
“We’re excited to be back for our neighbors and our families,” said O’Neill’s co-owner Danny Pyle. “We’re just looking for another 80 years.”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley was hosting a holiday party at the restaurant the same night.
“Everyone in the Maspeth and the surrounding community loves O’Neill’s,” she said.
Crowley presented co-owner George O'Neill with a City Council proclamation in recognition of 80 years. “There was a big fire and it took down the walls, but it could never take down the memory,” she said.
Memories of O’Neill’s were so strong that 54-year-old Janet Burt drove all the way from Virginia for the occasion.
She recalls being 19 years old and enjoying the community feel that the bar had then and still maintains. She remembers spending many an evening with members of the New York Mets, who were frequent patrons.
She said she was impressed with the new look, which includes several private party rooms and a larger dining area.
“I got to see all of my friends,” she said pointing to various faces in the crowded bar. “My remembrance of O’Neill’s is that is was much smaller. It’s so different.”