A Queens bar beloved for its eclectic mix of blue-collar laborers, artists and young professionals will be serving its parting glass very shortly.
McReilly's, an Irish pub on Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, will close before the end of the month - a casualty of rising rents in the increasingly popular neighborhood.
McReilly's closing after 20 years
Despite local support, O'Reilly said he is resigned to closing for good because reopening elsewhere would cost at least $850,000.
"We've had a good run, but maybe the customers will find another place," said O'Reilly. "We felt we were part of a larger family in the neighborhood."