The Emerald Inn, a fourth generation family-owned Upper West Side institution, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to improve and fortify its outdoor dining set up so it can remain open and continue to serve customers year round.
The goal is to build an outdoor structure that will be able to endure the elements and include heating during the cold winter months. The Emerald, as it’s affectionately known to a loyal following of regulars, was opened in 1943 by Galway native, Michael Campbell, at its original location on Columbus Avenue and West 69th Street. After untenable rent increases and a near closure in 2013, the Emerald moved to its current location at 250 West 72nd Street (at West End Avenue).
The Emerald is now run by Campbell’s great-grandson, Charlie Campbell III, who strives to maintain the Gaelic charm and hospitality that was so important to his great-grandfather, grandfather, and recently retired father, Charlie.
Photo via Manhattan Sideways.
Known for its perfect pours, and delicious Irish classics like fish and chips, corned beef, and bangers and mash, the Emerald has been a longtime neighborhood staple and continued to remain “WHERE LOCALS MEET ” over the particularly challenging last year. Its owners are hoping that past and present patrons of the Emerald will contribute to the campaign to help facilitate necessary outdoor upgrades so this neighborhood gem can continue to shine. If you wish to contribute the GoFundMe campaign can be found here.