Staten Island’s self-proclaimed “Autonomous Zone” bar can’t open its doorways to prospects, however the joint is nonetheless managing to scrub up.
A virtually week-old on-line fundraiser for Mac’s Public House had raised $75,000 by Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve all been shuttered and struggling because the first shutdowns,” co-owner Danny Presti says within the fundraiser.
“Mac’s Public House determined to take a stand for what is proper, and we now ask to your assist. With your assist and donations, we’ll proceed the combat to remain open, and something we obtain in extra of what we’d like will go in the direction of aiding different small companies combating fines and getting reopened.”
“This isn’t only for Mac’s, this is for all of us.”
Nearly 2,000 individuals had made donations by way of GoFundMe by Saturday.
During sporadic openings this week, together with on Friday night time, the bar has been serving “free” foods and drinks whereas requesting patrons make donations in lieu of fee.
“We need to get our livelihoods again,” Presti defined to reporters Friday night time.
“We haven’t been capable of pay the utilities,” he added. “Just all the things’s piling up. We’re simply scraping by.”
Mac’s is positioned in a zipper code with among the highest Corona Virus an infection charges within the metropolis, incomes the neighborhood a state COVID-19 restriction “orange zone,” designation, that means take-out solely is allowed.
The bar’s license to promote booze was yanked by the State Liquor Authority after it opened its doorways and served prospects anyway.
Mac’s has additionally racked up 1000’s in metropolis fines and has been raided by the town Sheriff’s Department.
“These onerous restrictions left the homeowners no alternative however to proceed on this method,” Presti’s lawyer, Mark Fonte, advised The Post Saturday.
“At this level they don’t have anything to lose.”
The lawyer famous that simply up the road from Mac’s, eating places in a less-restrictive zone can serve meals indoors, simply at diminished capability.
“It have to be a really good virus that is aware of methods to solely keep inside sure boundaries,” Fonte quipped.