In July, Donovan’s Pub looked as though its days were number when its long-time owner Joe Donovan put the building and the pub up for sale.
However, two Woodside men came to the rescue saving the famous institution. They have acquired the building and Donovan’s Pub, which has been a Roosevelt Avenue landmark since 1966.
Dan Connor and James Jacobson, both with long ties to the bar/restaurant, took ownership on December 28. Both men spoke at Thursday’s Community Board 2 meeting.
Jacobson has worked at Donovan’s for 28 years, starting out as a bus boy when he was at high school and later becoming a bar tender. Meanwhile Connor is married to Jacobson’s sister and is well known to many at the establishment.
Both men attended St. Johns Prep and own their homes in Woodside.