Since a July auction, New Hyde Park’s Dublin Pub, a popular haunt for rockers until it became condemned by the state liquor authority and closed earlier this year, has yet to be sold.
“We have a couple of groups that are coming in, coming out, we’ll solidify a deal sooner than later,” said Misha Haghani, a real estate attorney and principal of Paramount Realty USA, the firm handling the auction. “Hopefully, we’ll get a deal done soon, and we can bring this to a close.”
An auction scheduled for June 26 was postponed after last-minute interest intensified. The winning bid for the rescheduled auction, on July 24, was rejected by the seller of the property, Scott Blitzer, Haghani said.
Haghani declined to reveal the value of that bid, but said “there have been higher offers made since.” The suggested opening bid for the space, at Jericho Turnpike, was $899,000.
The bar has operated since 1936; at one point it was called “Barton’s Cantina,” run by James Barton, the vaudeville, television, and film actor.
But the 6,400-square-foot building is largely empty now, with some leftovers of the club in tact: leather seating, a lighted stage, and two long wooden bars. Paint remains splattered across beams.
In March, Liquor Authority chairman Dennis Rosen assailed the bar for violations, mentioning referrals from Nassau police that included teens seen intoxicated. Four bartenders were later arrested and accused of selling alcohol to a minor, the agency said.
Haghani said prospective buyers have mentioned a number of ideas for the site, such as for a pub or bar, or to be entirely redeveloped as a national retail franchise, such as a Subway or Dunkin’ Donuts.