2002-10-26 / Community

OTB Opens At Irish Circle

OTB Opens At Irish Circle

New York City Off Track Betting Corporation (OTB) President Raymond Casey has announced the opening of OTB’s fifth restaurant simulcast facility, within The Irish Circle located at 101-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway, Queens.

Having just undergone a three-month thorough renovation and sporting a new face from top to bottom, this upscale pub was remodeled to include betting windows and more than thirty television monitors (including four state-of-the-art large screen plasma models) for the Irish Circle patrons to use to watch and wager on the full complement of thoroughbred and harness races carried by OTB. Said Mr. Casey, "Owners Jerry Perick and Frank Walker have worked tirelessly with OTB to create an establishment that is racing fan friendly; all of us at OTB are proud to be associated with this fine venture.

This "new" Irish Circle represents a fine symbol of what awaits future OTB restaurant facilities and is a model of how impressive and exciting an OTB restaurant sports bar can be."

The new chef at the Irish Circle has crafted a hearty American menu in addition to special dishes and a unique Sunday branch. The Irish Circle offers Friday night Happy Hour and dancing on Saturday nights. The décor includes marble and ceramics, mahogany posts and a hand laid mosaic on the floor greeting guests upon entering the restaurant.

At Tuesday’s Grand Opening celebration, Mr. Casey presided over the festivities, which were attended by over 100 guests, including state and local office holders, City Council and Community Board Members and representatives from the media and sports worlds. In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Casey declared, "I am so excited that OTB could become part of this resilient and thriving community; we look forward to having a close relationship with the Rockaway community for many years to come."

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