Sept. 15, 2015 By Christian Murray
Shelley’s, a long-time Woodside bar that suddenly closed in April, is likely to reopen in coming months by its former owners.
Deborah Strack Cregan, who owned the 58-15 Woodside Ave. establishment with her husband from 1986 through 1999, plans to bring the old bar back to its heyday when it was known for being more of a family place where people would go and have celebrations.
Cregan, who also owns the building, said that she and her husband stepped away from the business in 1999 to focus on raising a family. They have since leased the space to various bar owners.
“Unfortunately, [the bar] has not been taken care of in the past few years,” Cregan said. She said she had to get rid of a tenant for non-payment of bills.
“I would like to reopen it and bring it back to the reputation it once had,” she said. She is likely to keep Shelley’s as the bar’s name.
The bar was established shortly after WWII by Mrs. Shelley, according to Cregan. It was then purchased by Ed Fowley, a community organizer, who owned it from 1965 to 1986.
The bar is unlikely to undergo any major revamp, Cregan said.
The establishment will have about 40 seats, plus 14 stools at the bar.
She has no plans to use the outdoor space.