For the past 32 years there’s been what has become to be a landmark on Main St. in Warwick known simply as “Yesterdays.” It’s billed as an Irish Pub and restaurant. Their patrons range from professionals to blue collar workers, business owners, residents and tourists. From grandparents to grandchildren, every ethnicity, race and religion, .and everyone feels welcomed and comfortable.
The owners, John and Peggy Christison, have had a dream of expanding their business for the last two years. On Thurs., Oct. 19 there was a public hearing at the Warwick Town Hall in which all parties were able to voice their concerns about the proposed project on Elm St. I was shocked at how the patrons of Yesterdays where being portrayed as being the village rowdy drunks and loud mouths and how it seems only these patrons will be a major concern as they drive or walk down the streets to whatever their next destination might be. That’s not the clientele that patronize this fine establishment!
I’m amazed at the spin and oversight of facts that some residents have put on this project such as to keep saying it’s a 90 seat bar, from the plans I saw there’s only seating for 24. It’s a restaurant that will no doubt have a bar in it just like all the other restaurants in this town!
It would be great to see the Village Board and the local community support these fine business owners who have given back to our community in ways too numerous to mention over the last 32 years. What’s going to change? Nothing other than the address at which Yesterdays is located, an empty lot that will become an economic boost to the Village tax base and an increase in employment opportunities.