BREAKING NEWS

Special coverage following gunfire at former President Trump's Pennsylvania rally. LIVE now on News 12.

New City pub shares story of pandemic hardships as St. Patrick's Day celebrations return

News 12 visited River Court on Main in New City this St. Patrick's Day to see how the Irish pub is faring after two years of hardship.

News 12 Staff

Mar 17, 2022, 9:29 PM

Updated 849 days ago

Share:

News 12 visited River Court on Main in New City this St. Patrick's Day to see how the Irish pub is faring after two years of hardship.
In 2020, there were empty tables and 1,200 pounds of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes that went untouched. They were signs of the lockdown New York entered just days before St. Patrick's Day two years ago.
In 2022, things have drastically changed. Co-owner Bridget Lyons says she wished she knew then what she knows now - that she would have a packed bar and not a table to spare on St. Patrick's Day 2022.
"It's amazing. This is the buildup, the countdown, this great day of our heritage and our culture, and everyone is Irish today and it's just overwhelming," she says.
Patrons were in high spirits. News 12 even found Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann sitting down with a plate of corned beef and potatoes.
"It's really great to see the restaurants are really starting to come back and people are coming out. It's night and day to just a couple of years ago," he said.
The town closed streets during the pandemic to allow restaurants to host outdoor dining, and Bridget says customers ordered takeout and bought gift cards. Every little bit helped.
"People actually ordered food for the sake of ordering to keep businesses open, people gave donations any way they could help," she says.
Judging by the size of the crowd there Thursday, there will likely be no leftovers this year.


More from News 12
2:00
Former President Trump safe, doing OK after gunfire at rally

Former President Trump safe, doing OK after gunfire at rally

2:01
Sunny, hot and humid Sunday in the Hudson Valley

Sunny, hot and humid Sunday in the Hudson Valley

0:24
New Rochelle PD: 1 dead in fiery car crash at Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center

New Rochelle PD: 1 dead in fiery car crash at Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center

1:54
Overnight fire closes Delite Bake Shop in Yonkers

Overnight fire closes Delite Bake Shop in Yonkers

2:23
‘New York’s backyard jam.’ Music lovers flock to Pleasantville Music Festival

‘New York’s backyard jam.’ Music lovers flock to Pleasantville Music Festival

1:55
NYPD: 3-year-old fatally struck in Harlem was from New Rochelle

NYPD: 3-year-old fatally struck in Harlem was from New Rochelle

0:30
Wake services held for Port Chester police officer killed in an off-duty motorbike crash

Wake services held for Port Chester police officer killed in an off-duty motorbike crash

0:25
Police: Newburgh man faces prison time for menacing Maybrook residents with gun

Police: Newburgh man faces prison time for menacing Maybrook residents with gun

0:35
NY Office of Cannabis Management issues recall for ‘Sky High’ brand marijuana products

NY Office of Cannabis Management issues recall for ‘Sky High’ brand marijuana products

1:49
2 'underperforming' Stop & Shop stores in Hudson Valley set to close

2 'underperforming' Stop & Shop stores in Hudson Valley set to close

0:34
Testimony ends in Westchester nonprofit's lawsuit filed against Lyft over wheelchair access

Testimony ends in Westchester nonprofit's lawsuit filed against Lyft over wheelchair access

0:57
Nearly $5 million to go toward clean water efforts, police departments in Westchester

Nearly $5 million to go toward clean water efforts, police departments in Westchester

2:10
How to spot scams, fake listings on Amazon Prime Day 2024

How to spot scams, fake listings on Amazon Prime Day 2024

0:26
Police: Bronx man charged in Carmel domestic disturbance

Police: Bronx man charged in Carmel domestic disturbance

1:40
Lawmakers try to force action from state as more beaches close due to bacteria levels

Lawmakers try to force action from state as more beaches close due to bacteria levels

1:03
‘Like a bee colony.’ Crews work to finish preparations for Pleasantville Music Festival

‘Like a bee colony.’ Crews work to finish preparations for Pleasantville Music Festival

1:32
Owners of decades-old restaurant in Rockland County explain reasons for closure

Owners of decades-old restaurant in Rockland County explain reasons for closure

0:57
Congers Fire Department Carnival returns for first time since COVID

Congers Fire Department Carnival returns for first time since COVID

0:24
Rockland County officials warn of contractor scams targeting homeowners

Rockland County officials warn of contractor scams targeting homeowners

0:24
Ulster County offers refunds to season pass holders following pool closure

Ulster County offers refunds to season pass holders following pool closure