November 5, By Christian Murray
PJ Horgan’s, which has been part of the fabric of Sunnyside for nearly 40 years, is no more.
The developer of the Queens Boulevard property where Center Cinemas/Dime Bank and PJ Horgan’s was located, John Ciafone, said that the bar’s owner had notified him that the Irish pub had decided to close for good.
PJ Horgan’s had a lease that ran until June 30, 2018. However, it closed in April after a kitchen fire broke out.
After the fire, John Murphy, the owner of PJ Horgan’s, put a note in the window saying the bar had closed “temporarily” for repairs.
Ciafone said that he had told Murphy after the April fire that he would not be renewing his lease and not to spend too much money on repairs. He said that he would compensate Murphy if he closed.
John Murphy, the owner of PJ Horgan’s, could not be reached for comment.
Ciafone, who plans to construct a five- to seven-story building, said that the development will be easier to build with PJ Horgan’s gone. He had initially planned to build around the bar.
Ciafone said he is still working on the development but has been facing delays getting the design together.