The building that the pub is in was constructed in the late 1880s. The ornate mahogany Brunswick-Balke-Collender back bar was built on-site at the same time. There were several owners before our grandparents, George Sr. & Mary (Healy) Shinnick, took over the bar in 1938 after prohibition. But for the bulk of its pre-Shinnick days, it was owned by the Shallow family. Our dad and his siblings were raised in the small apartment behind the pub.
Our parents, George Jr. & Celine (Dougherty), became the next owners in 1966. The neighborhood bar business in those days wasn't really a source of great wealth. You had competition on every block. Some blocks had two or even three bars. The bar is now operated by the third generation of Shinnicks and the fourth generation can often be found bartending.