Episode 37 – Peter Walsh, Owner of Coogan's Restaurant


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Peter Walsh is one of the owners of Coogan's Bar and Grill on 169th and Broadway in Washington Heights. If you've ever run a race at the Armory, attended Millrose Games or bore witness to the 5th Avenue Mile afterparty there, you know that Coogan's is a runner's bar - and there's few of those that exist. However, Coogan's is among the many businesses that have closed its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is a place that just three years ago was on the verge of closing for good when rent was nearly raised by $40,000 a month. Runners and the Washington Heights community – especially members of We Run Upton were among those that helped raise awareness and save the bar. Peter thought the bar was done for then. Now even in these unprecedented times, he has hope that the bar can survive this pandemic. We discuss some of the bar's history and the dystopian feeling of the last few weeks. You'll very quickly be able to tell that Peter's got lots of stories and this could've been a three-hour podcast filled with tales about track and field stars eating and drinking at Coogan's but maybe we can save those for another time over a beer at the bar.

Recommended Reading:

Welcome to Coogan’s, Where Everybody Knows the Runners’ Names (via LetsRun.com) https://www.letsrun.com/news/2020/02/welcome-to-coogans-where-everybody-knows-the-runners-names/

A Washington Heights Bar Closes Down, with Echoes for All Small Businesses (via The New Yorker) https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-washington-heights-bar-closes-down-with-echoes-for-all-small-businesses

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