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July 10, 2012
Centennial Of Finnegan's Marks Historic Huntington Milestone
Finnegan's Restaurant & Tap Room, a local landmark since 1912 and the oldest continuous operating bar in Huntington, celebrates its 100th Anniversary this July.
Now owned and operated by Lessing's Hospitality Group, Finnegan's continues its long tradition as the 'Cheers' of Huntington where friends go to enjoy good food, good cheer and good people.
LANDMARK MURAL GETS A TOUCHUP
Jordan originally proposed the idea of painting a mural to gain recognition as an artist in the Huntington area and completed the six-month project in December 1978. The 55' x 15' mural, which was the first of many for Jordan, portrays an x-ray view inside Finnegan's with 140 portraits (originally taken with a Polaroid) of regular customers as they would always be seen at the bar. The concept was to feature all the regulars and employees in a caricature fashion. Today, according to Jordan, it has become "a memorial" and "a fabric of the town."
STREET-WIDE ANNIVERSARY BASH
Tom Forte, the veteran face of Finnegan's and the bartender/manager for the last 22 years, will make a special introduction and thanks. Performances by the U.S. Marine Corps Guard, Thimble Theatre bagpipers, Irish band, and local dancers from Dancin’ Feet Studios and singers will follow.
Finnegan's will serve $5 Guinness sausages, $5 burgers, and two for $5 hot dogs from the grill as well as $2 ice cream. Jameson and Guinness specials will be served in 16-ounce commemorative 100th Anniversary Stadium cups, for guests to take home, for $5.
Custom Finnegan's 100th shirts will also be available. T-shirts cost $12 for child sizes and $15 for adult sizes. White polo golf shirts with the embroidered 100-year logo will also be on sale (price TBD).
Guests will receive free coozies and Jameson Girls will be on-hand with Jameson giveaways. Giveaways include New York Yankee tickets, a Jameson Snowboard, bicycle, and flat screen TV (worth $400-500).
Finnegan's Restaurant & Tap Room