At around noon at McSorley's Old Ale House in Manhattan's East Village, a mother and son seated at the bar clinked mugs filled with beer."I never noticed the bar was closed," said 25-year-old Raven Nieto, a student from Miami, Florida.
"Honestly, I never really noticed. We would normally just surround a big round table with beers. But it's her first time here. So I was like, I gotta bring my mom to the oldest pub in New York."Bartender Shane Buggy said the bar stools were a new addition to the oldest Irish pub in New York City."
In 167 years we've never served a person seated at the bar," he said.
"We've always had everyone standing 'belly up to the bar,' as we say. It's just another change that the bar has gone through in the last 18 months. There's been more change in the last 18 months to this bar than there has been in 167 years of being open, but it's another thing we're just adapting to, and hopefully by July 1, we'll be back to normal."