March 14, 2013 By Bill Parry
The new owners of Donovan’s Pub (57-24 Roosevelt Ave.) will host a St Patrick’s Day fundraiser for Woodside on the Move on Thursday night from 6-9pm.
All funds will go toward WOTM’s education and jobs programs. WOTM is best known for its after-school programs and senior services.
When James Jacobson and Dan Connor took over as owners of Donovan’s five weeks ago, they vowed that the pub would remain a supporter of the Woodside community. Joe Donovan had set the standard during the 47 years he owned the pub before retiring last year.
The fundraiser will be the new owners’ first public event since taking over the iconic restaurant. The two men are Woodside residents and even their manager, Chris Santangelo, was born and raised in the neighborhood.
“Jimmy [Jacobson] worked here for 22 years starting as a busboy,” Santangelo said. Meanwhile, “Danny [Connor] would run all the events here for years. This fundraiser is a continuance of the importance of Donovan’s to the community and the community’s importance to Donovan’s.”
Adrian Bordoni, the Executive Director of Woodside on the Move, said, “It’s amazing, their ties to the neighborhood.” Bordoni added that Connor and Jacobson approached him back in November with the idea of hosting WOTM’s 20th St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser.
Santangelo added that the event is a precursor to this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day events. “We’ll have pipers in on both Saturday and Sunday. We’ll have corned beef and cabbage, and we’ve stocked nearly 25 kegs of Guinness.”
Santangelo said the restaurant’s burgers remain the same, but there is one difference now. “Donovan’s now has free wifi and we accept credit cards now.”