NEW YORK — There were many Irishmen in the Continental Army that helped the United States break away from England, so it is perhaps fitting that an Irish company has revived Fraunces Tavern, where General George Washington bade farewell to his troops when he briefly returned to private life.
Although the upstairs museum has remained in operation, the tavern has been closed since last February as it was turned over to the Porterhouse Group, an Irish company, (see earlier story here) and underwent some conversions. It opened Wednesday night to a mixed crowd of history buffs, people involved in its conversion and to the general public.
Keeping the provenance of Fraunces Tavern — which traces its origins to the Queen’s Head tavern, established in 1762 — straight can be sometimes a tricky task. The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York owned the Pearl Street building, which has been home to a museum, the restored second-floor Long Room where Washington made his remarks, and a ground-floor restaurant that will re-open in about two weeks. The Irish-style pub is located at 58 Pearl, a connected building that also was acquired by the Sons of the Revolution. So, the complex houses now houses the museum, restaurant, pub, storage area, administrative offices, and the Anglers’ Club.
Fraunces Tavern is located at the intersection of Pearl and Broad Street in the Financial District. The phone number is (212) 968-1776, although it accepts online reservations.
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