A longtime Irish bar near Pilgrim Corners recently reopened under new ownership, but with the same neighborhood bar feel.
Sonny Hanewich bought the bar on Route 211 in 1969, with several family members. It was named O’Connor’s at the time. Hanewich bought them out in 1972, and changed the name to Sonny’s, getting the license in his name on St. Patrick’s Day 1972.
Hanewich sold Sonny’s to Dwayne Rosado in October. Rosado renovated it, reopening on March 1 as O’Malleys, which is his wife’s grandmother’s maiden name.
“I just hope to be open as long as he has,” Rosado said.
Rosado lives nearby, and said he had thought about running the bar for years.
“When the opportunity came up, I thought I’d give it a try,” he said.
There has been a bar there since 1920 or so, Hanewich said, citing the recollections of some of his older customers.
When he first opened, Hanewich said, he had to drive to Kingston and load his car with cases of Guinness, since there weren’t any closer distributors at the time.
Later, he became the first place in Orange County to serve Guinness on tap. At the time, this required him to get Guinness’ approval; a Guinness representative in New York City had to come up to sign off.
O’Malleys has eight beers on tap. Rosado said he plans to have a different microbrew on tap every month. On St. Patrick’s Day, coming up next week, Rosado said they would be opening at 11 a.m., and serving corned beef and cabbage.
“He’s had a St. Patrick’s Day boom here a long time,” Rosado said of the former ownership. “Hopefully, this year, it’ll be crazy for us, too.”
Source: Nathan Brown, recordonline.com