You are reading

The Grandstand Pub in Maspeth Closes After Near 35-Year-Run

The Grandstand bar in Maspeth closed Sunday after a near 35-year run (Photo: Google Maps)

Oct. 31 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A beloved Irish American bar in Maspeth has closed after a near 35-year run.

The Grandstand Pub and Restaurant, located at 85-35 Grand Ave., closed Sunday due to financial difficulties, according to a statement posted online by the owners Sunday.

The post did not specify the nature of its economic troubles but said it was left with no choice but to shutter.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce, after its long run, The Grandstand closed its doors for the last time on the evening of Sunday, October 30, 2022,” the Facebook post reads.

“This decision was made after careful review of our finances and general operations as well as lengthy consideration of all options to remain open. Unfortunately, due to various factors, it has become impossible to continue operating.”

The closure comes nearly 9 months after its founder John Browne, 82, passed away.

Browne, an Irish immigrant from County Cork, was the face of the pub having established it in 1988.

The bar had been well known for its welcoming atmosphere and often hosted Irish music sessions and karaoke. Well-known Irish musicians Mick Moloney and Donie Caroll often played at the bar.

The Grandstand had a 4.5-star rating on Google (out of a possible 5) based on 182 reviews.

Many customers took to Facebook to share their thoughts on the closure.

I remember many fond nights filled with music and the waitresses sang like birds,” wrote Danny Cohen. “I will surely miss John Browne  and The Grandstand!”

“The grandstand was a second home for… my family on special occasions,” wrote Seamus O’Loingsigh.

“I was always so happy to see John Browne as he did the rounds. We all understand life goes on but some people and places are remarkable. John Browne’s Grandstand was one of those.”

Grandstand Bar

John Browne, pictured far left, with customers at the Grandstand in 2019. Musician Donie Carroll, is pictured second from the left (Photo provided by Donie Carroll)

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

‘Limitless possibility’: BP Richards announces community visioning workshops on redevelopment of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and Empire State Development on Tuesday, Jan. 31, announced the launch of a series of community visioning workshops that will be held to hear input from eastern Queens residents about the redevelopment of the 50-acre Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village. 

The first community visioning workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at P.S./I.S. 208 located at 74-30 Commonwealth Blvd. in Glen Oaks.

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.