Duffy's Tavern co-owner passes away at 63
A West Brighton watering hole is mourning the loss of the man its named after.
Duffy's Tavern co-owner John Duffy died last week at the age of 63.
The native Staten Islander purchased the bar back in 1985 with business partner and long-time friend George Froehlich.
Since then, the Forest Avenue mainstay has made a name for itself as a friendly, neighborhood meeting spot.
Staff at the tavern tells us Duffy was well known in the community as a compassionate businessman.
"John was always a welcoming figure in the bar. When the regulars would come in he would always start things off with a nice joke, keep their day going. He was an excellent bar tender gave them great service and he was a great businessman for the community," said Duffy's Tavern Manager Terence Moore.
Duffy also worked at several other Forest Avenue hangouts, including Jody's Club Forest and the former "Bullpen" bar.