Sept. 14, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
The Shannon Pot, the longtime Long Island City bar forced to relocate twice due to development, is settling into another location in the neighborhood and looking to open its doors this fall.
The bar and grill has moved to 10-50 44th Dr., the former site of the East River Coffee Shop, where it is working on bringing new fixtures, windows, equipment, and more to the site, according to a spokesperson for the bar.
The bar will have the same look and feel as always, with about 13 tables and a 20-stool bar.
The business should open some time in the middle of October, with hours of 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., if everything goes according to plan.
The new location marks the third for the bar, founded in 1999, which has been forced to move each time to make way for development.
It last operated out of the one-story building at 21-59 44th Dr., just two blocks away, before closing in May after a four year run. The property owner there had filed plans to demolish and construct a new seven-story building at the site.
Prior to that, the Shannon Pot was located on the ground floor of 45-06 Davis St., a four-story building, where it remained open for 15 years before its first encounter with the wrecking ball.
The building, located on the same block as the former 5Pointz building, was demolished to make way for two high-rise towers still under construction today.
While the Shannon Pot previously said it would move into the former 44th Drive location once the new building is completed, the owner says they haven’t quite made a decision yet, meaning the new location could be their permanent home.
Just saw Shannon Pot on 11th St. and 44th Drive is open! Congratulations Maureen and Sal. Go in and have a cold one. The drinks are great and so is the food. The conversation is awesome. They make you feel welcome from the time you walk in the door.
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF OR WHEN THE NEW LOCATION WILL OPEN? I’m losing my sanity waiting for them.
Anyone have any update?? It’s now March and I’m dying for this place to reopen!
they had better be ready this weekend!
Can’t wait to see Maureen and Sal again. It feels like coming home when you walk into the Shannon Pot. Food is also good. I’ll have a Long Island Iced Tea please 😉
Bad news for me.. trying to be an adult and saving a little more $’s because most of the spots around here are a little meh. Knowing that the good ol’ pot will be a 10min. walk away is going to be challenging.
Good news for them tho, they’ll get all my $’s.
In conclusion, Rip $’s.
I’ve slept here 3 or 4 times
They should rename it Shannon Hop or Nomad.
SMITTYS BAR. I HUNG PUT THERE FOR OVER 10 YEARS BEFORE MR JOHN BAKER PASSED AWAY
The FAKE MRLIC wrote 2 comments on Sept. 14, 2018 on the Shannon Pot. One about Conspiracy and Trump and the other about taking his lovely lady out.
Count me in – great establishment, great people
All the best to Maureen & crew. They are good people who make the neighborhood a more interesting and fun place!
I remember this bar as a child when it was known as “Tommey’s Bar and Grill” It was a family gathering place with bus rides to park’s on Long Island
My Mother met my Father at a dance held in the large room in the back ‘ Great memories
“Conspiracy” is not just what Trump’s Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort plead guilty to 2 counts of based on the work he did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine, but also what the greedy developers of LIC are engaging in by trying to push out small, hard-working middle class families like the Shannon Pot owners or the poor Trump family.
I used to take my lovely lady wife here; she enjoys a lightly-chilled Yuengling.
What’s sad is that building looks like it’s waiting to be torn down and redeveloped too. It’s only a matter of time before they’ll have to move again, because LIC is all about overdevelopment now.
It is an apartment building. Rent stabilized tenants, maybe some rent controlled tenants, maybe some SCRIE senior citizen tenants. Due to current tenant laws and inheritance of apartments this place is never getting torn down.
A proper investigation of the tenants would get rid of the illegal sublets and other abuses of rent control / stabilization laws. The legal tenants would get a nice buyout. Unless the building goes by eminent domain then the landlords and tenants will all get screwed.
LIC has been underdeveloped for decades; unfortunately, improving the area will require tearing down old and dilapidated that are inadequate for the 21st century. This is prime real estate, along with a newly renovated riverside with quick access to Manhattan. Yearning nostalgia for the LIC of the Fifties is understandable but not realistic. I remember Queens Plaza when it was scary and gloomy and I much prefer how it is now, in spite of what’s been torn down. I remember biking along Vernon Blvd in the 80s when it was a deserted ghost town, Gantry Park is so much nicer. There are some negatives but for most of us, the revitalization of western Queens has been generally positives. You can’t please everyone.