For many Americans, 9/11 is a distinct marker in their lives. There is “before 9/11” and there is “after 9/11.” It’s the same for O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub. Before 9/11, the Irish pub mostly served professionals working nearby and the local firehouse next door. Now, 20 years on, O’Hara’s has become, in part, a place to remember Sept. 11, 2001, and honor first responders.
Owner Mike Keane was at the bar the day the towers came down just two blocks away. He works to keep the memory alive.