Peggy O'Neill's has been a Bay Ridge mainstay since the Koch administration.
It used to be a gold mine, a genuine Irish pub/restaurant attracting crowds from 18 to 80, and ( good ) live music most nights. It attracted plenty of people from all parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island and points further afield.
It was jam packed on Friday and Saturday nights, and did well the other days as well.
I think that there were ownership changes over time, and at various times they messed with a formula that should never have been tampered with. The restaurant service went away, then the bands weren't the same, and before long it wasn't Peggy's any more. There was no reason to go there anymore.
Peggy's should be still open and prospering. This is an example of bar owner's malpractice. I don't want to hear about the bad economy or demographic changes. They killed their own gold mine by messing with it. Shame.
We have a report that at about 9pm tonight the door to Peggy's was open, and that there were four NYPD cars outside, lights blazing. Something was going on.
Took a walk down 69th Street, to the projected site of the new Key Food. No signs of any progress. I don't care what they told City Councilman Gentile. Something's wrong.
See some comments on Councilman Gentile's website including comments from angry and suspicious neighbors.
What the hell is going on? Everyone wants this thing to succeed, but nothing is happening and nothing has been happening for a very long time.