Wagswoofs – Rosie O’Grady’s, the renowned Irish pub in New York City, has found a new location. This iconic establishment, which used to be just a few blocks away from Times Square, has always held a special place in the hearts of the city’s Irish community.
The pub closed its doors at its 7th Avenue location on June 30 after being in business for 43 years. However, it has now been confirmed that the establishment will be reopening in the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which is conveniently located just a block away from its previous location at the recently renovated Michelangelo Hotel.
The new Rosie’s will be located at 51st and Seventh, according to owner Mike Carty. Carty, a prominent figure in the city’s Irish community and the GAA, recently received the keys to the new site. He expressed his excitement about reopening and revealed that the team is working on a plan to have the new location up and running by March of next year. Carty, originally from Co Leitrim, is thrilled about this new chapter for Rosie’s.
Rosie O’Grady’s faced intermittent closures due to the pandemic, temporarily shutting down operations for the majority of 2020 and from January 2021 until May 2021. In the 1960s, Mike immigrated to New York and established the inaugural Rosie O’Grady’s in the Wall Street vicinity in 1976 alongside his late business partner, Austin Delaney. Throughout the years, the Carty family has been responsible for managing the pub.
Rosie O’Grady’s previous location had been operating since 1981. However, due to a rental dispute with the building’s landlord, SL Green, the family made the difficult decision to close the venue. The annual rental cost was rumored to be $3.3 million. As a farewell gesture, the staff took a heartfelt photo outside the building, expressing their gratitude to the loyal customers for the cherished memories.
Mike Carty, a seasoned individual who has been actively involved in the sport since its inception, was bestowed with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award during the inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony organized by the New York GAA in Croke Park last year.
Before transitioning into a trainer and accomplished manager, he had a stint as a player with the Leitrim Football Club. During his time as a manager, he led the team to victory in two New York championships. It’s worth noting that every player on the team has, at some point, been employed by Rosie’s.
Mike has been organizing a charity golf outing for almost 25 years, raising over $2 million. The proceeds from the event are distributed among various organizations, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Ballinamore Rehab.