Monahan & Fitzgerald in Bayside gets new building owners after 29 years

Monahan & Fitzgerald opened in 1987.
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This neighborhood bar isn’t going anywhere.

The site of Bayside watering hole Monahan & Fitzgerald has been sold, but the bar will remain in the same location.

The building was recently sold after the retirement of co-founder Jim Fitzgerald, according to co-founder John Monahan.

The Irish bar has been at 214-17 41st Ave. since opening in February 1987. Monahan and Fitzgerald were also formerly owners of the building next door to the bar, where seasonal frozen treat shop Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices is located on the first floor. That site was included in the sale as well.

Monahan said the new owner bought the property as an investment and will allow the tavern and Ralph’s to continue operating in their current locations.

“The properties were sold, but not the businesses,” Monahan said. “The businesses will be here for a long time to come.”

Monahan & Fitzgerald is reportedly under new management, and decision-makers at the saloon have negotiated a lease agreement for the near future, with the intention of securing an even longer commitment from the new owners.

“Nothing’s going to change here for a while,” Monahan said, adding that many of his employees have been working at the pub for a number of years.