• Fraunces returns, with an Irish tint

07 Dec

NEW YORK — The long-awaited re-opening of historic Fraunces Tavern has arrived.

The Porterhouse Brewing Company of Ireland, which purchased the city’s oldest tavern earlier this year, has spent more than $1.2 million refurbishing the property at Pearl and Broad Street where General George Washington bade farewell to his troops more than 200 years ago.

The complex unveiled this week encompasses a Dingle Whiskey Bar, a Porterhouse Bar and the Fraunces Tavern restaurant. The Sons of the Revolution, who own the premises, continue to have a museum upstairs. It includes a “Revolution and the City” exhibit, covering 1776-1783, numerous paintings, illustrations and artifacts.

“We were absolutely delighted when we signed the lease on the dotted line,” said Oliver Hughes, Porterhouse’s managing director. “The bar will have elements of formal dining at Fraunces restaurant and a more relaxing, chilled-out atmosphere in the beer and whiskey bars. We like the idea of bringing our specialty brewed beers to the U.S and pitching them against the wonderful U.S microbreweries.”

The Porterhouse New York will brew its own ales and stouts in Dublin and ship them to order, complementing them with bottled brews including the Lagunitas series of beer from Colorado, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and the Troeg’s brews from Pennsylvania. Brews on tap include Sixpoint Brownstone, Allagash White, Victory Pilsner and Bluepoint Toasted Lager.

The Porterhouse New York is located at 54 Pearl Street.

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Posted by on December 7, 2010 in Bar/Tavern/Lounge, NYC, Opening


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