NEPTUNE, NJ – For Clancy’s Tavern in Neptune, 25% indoor capacity wasn’t worth reopening their bar, which has not served patrons since the March shutdown. After a nearly nine-month ordeal of restrictions against small restaurant owners and indoor dining in New Jersey, the owners decided it was time to shut the door for good.
“2020 has been a rough year for everyone,” Clancy’s Tavern said. “It has hit the restaurant industry the hardest.’
On December 31st, Clancy’s will open for the last time after 20 years serving the community.
The family also owns Kelly’s Tavern, which has operated for 70 years and will not be affected by the closure of sister-tavern Clancy’s. The owners of the restaurant said opening at 25% capacity during the extended Phil Murphy imposed bar and restaurant cap would not have been a financially viable solution. Now, with an extended renewal of that restriction and the total closure of bar services as COVID-19 returns to the Jersey Shore, the outlook is bleak for many restaurants.