Aug. 14, 2015 By Christian Murray
Bliss Street Station, an Irish bar/restaurant that has been part of the neighborhood since 1989, is closing.
Ambrose Gurhy, a co-owner of the 47-02 Greenpoint Ave. establishment, said the bar’s last day will be Sunday, August 23.
Gurhy, a man of few words, said, “I would like to thank my staff, customers and friends for all their support over the years.”
The bar has struggled in recent times as the neighborhood has become younger and more diverse. Furthermore, the bar is located on the corner of 47th Street and Greenpoint Avenue, a section of the neighborhood that is not brimming with activity.
The bar/restaurant had gained a strong reputation over the years for its Shepherd’s Pie, fish & chips, Irish style ham, lamb and curried chicken. Furthermore, there has never been a shortage of Guinness on tap.
Gurhy has been an active member of the community for years.
The bar has always participated in local events such as Taste of Sunnyside or Sunnyside’s Restaurant Week. Furthermore, the bar has been a strong member of Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a group of local bars/restaurants that puts on events and raises funds for charity. The establishment is also a member of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.
The bar has been a popular hangout for local singers. It has featured Karaoke on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights for years.
The establishment is expected to become a Central or South American restaurant.