July 11, 2014 By Christian Murray
The Brogue, a well-known Irish pub located at 49-10 Skillman Avenue, has undergone a makeover as the owners plan to position the establishment as more of a mainstream bar.
The bar, starting today, will be called The Globe Tavern as the owners—who bought the pub earlier this year—aim to freshen up the feel of the establishment.
The bar, which was acquired by Rena Hershberger and Joe Gillespie in February, has been closed this week so workers could refinish the floors, put in new lighting, paint the entire establishment and bring in new furniture—including a pool table.
The pub reopens today, July 11, at 5 pm. The new name will not adorn the premises until next week.
“We decided to change the name and spruce it all up a bit…since the Brogue was a little dated and we are not so much of an Irish bar anymore,” Hershberger said, a long-time Brogue employee before taking over the establishment with Gillespie.
Hershberger and Gillespie, a Sunnyside resident and former PJ Horgan’s bar owner, had been discussing a new name for some time. However, Hershberger said she liked “The Globe,” since she is a fan of Shakespeare (The Globe Theatre was where Shakespeare’s company operated) and it is also pays homage to the multicultural neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Woodside.
The establishment will continue to have a dart board, jukebox and, of course, pool table.