When Governor Cuomo announced on Aug. 29 the suspension of six additional New York State liquor licenses due to alleged violations of Covid-19 regulations, St. Dymphna’s, a long-running bar in East Village, was on the list.
“With a heavy heart I have to announce to you all that St. Dymphna’s will be closed, pending a hearing for our liquor license suspension,” wrote Brendan McElroy, the bar’s owner, in an Instagram post. “We were unfairly targeted by the State Liquor Authority, [which] issued baseless citations.”
The bar has been in the neighborhood for 24 years, and has been a frequent hub for artists in different mediums. The relationships McElroy established with his clients drove him to open an art gallery nearby on St….