The defiant NYC bar will reopen despite COVID-19 restrictions

A Staten Island bar, which declared itself a “autonomous zone” of COVID-19 restrictions, was open for two hours on Friday night, still facing its suspended spirits license and despite the fact that one of its owners had been arrested only three days earlier.

Dozens of customers crammed into the Mac’s public house before closing at night by 10 p.m., violating state restrictions on serving indoor customers.

“We tried to sit down and have a diplomatic relationship with city and state officials; we had a discussion with the sheriff today. ”Co-owner Danny Presti, Oliya Scootercaster, told a freelance reporter as the cargo ships got in and out.

– It didn’t go well. They just show that they are unwilling to work with us. Said Presti, who was arrested on Tuesday.

“We need to get our livelihood back. And we’ll see where this goes. We couldn’t pay the overhead. He added. – It’s just everything. We just scrape it off.

The city’s Department of Construction pasted the orders, which had been vacated Tuesday, to the door on Friday night.

Mac COVID-19 Public House
Supporters will gather in front of the Mac public house in Staten Island on Friday night.