While this defiance displayed by the bar owners has caused some controversy within the area, they’ve also managed to amass some pretty substantial support both locally and afar.
Mac’s Public House happens to be located in an area designated by Governor Andrew Cuomo as an “orange zone” within the state of New York.
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) December 2, 2020
In the simplest of terms, an “orange zone” defines an area that is being substantially impacted by current pandemic and thus governmental restrictions are put into effect that mandates what businesses must temporarily close and operational restrictions on essential business that can remain open.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 2, 2020
With Mac’s Public House being an indoor pub within said “orange zone”, the business was among those ordered to close up shop during the period of said designation in Staten Island.
Bar co-owners Keith McAlarney and Danny Presti had decided to skirt said mandates and keep the bar open by declaring it an “autonomous zone” and giving away their food and drinks for free – only asking that patrons be so kind to offer a “donation” if they enjoyed their service.
Both Presti and McAlarney have been rather outspoken about their endeavors – and their story has managed to make national news.
So, it was rather interesting to hear that the New York City Sheriff’s Office had engaged in some plainclothes surveillance of Mac’s Public House on the evening of December 1st after “receiving complaints of indoor dining past the 10 p.m. curfew.”
Because obviously the impetus of a NYSO plainclothes operation/surveillance of the bar that has made national news (and said owners having mocked local and state elected officials) was kicked off over a locally received “complaint”.
Sheriff’s deputies were said to have posed as guests of the pub and ordered some food and drinks – which said deputies proclaimed that they were forced to make a $40 donation for the service rendered.
Later that evening, bar co-owner Presti was placed into handcuffs and allegedly arrested under charges of trespassing…in his own bar.
Video footage was captured during the incident, with Presti’s attorney commenting on the arrest after it transpired:
“They’re making up charges. They charged him with what they assured me as a criminal trespass. But it’s still a misdemeanor, it’s still a crime and he’s still gonna spend the night in jail for trespassing – quote unquote – in his own establishment where he is the lease owner and general manager.”
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