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August 5, 2012
Hundreds Turn Out For The Centennial Celebration Of Finnegan's
Finnegan's Restaurant & Tap Room, a local landmark since 1912 and the oldest continuous operating bar in Huntington, celebrated its 100th Anniversary celebration on July 28.
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.
The Main Event on Saturday night was a huge success despite a rainy start. Hundreds attended including relatives of founder Andrew Finnegan, previous owners and current owners, the Lessing's family, as well as regulars, past employees dating back to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and present employees. Community and government officials recognized Finnegan's as a Huntington staple and also honored Master of Ceremonies, Tom Forte, the veteran face of Finnegan's and the bartender/manager for the last 22 years. Senator Carl Marcellino (District 5) dedicated July 28, 2012 Finnegan's Day and declared Forte "Man of the Year." Forte was also presented with awards by the Huntington Historical Society and Mayor Herb Morrow and was issued Finnegan's Proclamation from Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone. Huntington's Highway Superintendant William Naughton and Phil Jordan, artist of Finnegan's 34-year-old mural, also addressed the audience.
Finnegan's Restaurant & Tap Room