Jan. 29, 2015 By Christian Murray
The expansion of Bar 43 & Grill is almost complete and the neighborhood sports bar is reopening tonight.
The bar, located at 43-06 43rd Street, has expanded into the space beside it, which was previously occupied by the Sunnyside Meat Market.
The bar now has room for 100 seats—up from 60. The number of TVs has also increased—from 11 to 23.
Nick Murphy and Mickey McCreesh, who own the establishment, started the expansion last summer. They gutted the old butcher shop and revamped it while keeping the bar open.
However, 10 days ago, they closed the bar down to smash the interior wall that had previously separated the two establishments.
Murphy said that their aim was to reopen in advance of the Super Bowl. While he had hoped the expansion would have been completed earlier this week he said he was glad the process was nearly over.
“We will still have a nice start going into [Super Bowl] weekend,” Murphy said.
The owners have put in a sliding door that can be used to cordon off the new space for private parties. However, for the most part, the door will remain open.
Murphy said that they are still awaiting their new exterior sign, which he anticipates will go up in the next few days.
Murphy said the bar will continue to operate the way it did before—offering sports, trivia, restaurant food and outdoor seating (in summer).
While Bar 43 is best-known as a sports bar, Murphy said it will continue to be a venue where families can go out for a quality dinner.