Gilbey’s Gets New Lease On Life

Call it the luck of the Irish! Just weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, the owners of Gilbey’s Pub have a new lease that will keep the stout ale and Hennigan’s flowing at the corner of Broadway and 32nd Street, for at least another three years.

A bartender at the tavern told the Gazette, in a heavy brogue, that the owners and their landlord agreed to meet each other halfway on a new, three-year lease that calls for a rent increase of about 30 percent. “It’s a lifesaver,” the bartender said.

Word that a hefty rent increase would force the decades-old traditional Irish pub to close at the end of February brought dozens of old friends and patrons to Gilbey’s to bid the pub farewell. The sad news even made it to the shores of the Emerald Isle, prompting some old friends to hop on a flight to Queens for one more round.

News of the lease agreement came as patrons were raising their glasses on Friday night in a final toast to good times and shared memories at Gilbey’s. The sad affair turned into a celebration and the crowd broke into cheers. “What a night,” he said.—Liz Goff

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