Thanksgiving Weekend has come and gone and I'm sure most of you are back home, bellies filled with good home cooking and great memories of good times with family and friends.  It was a pretty interesting weekend around here as well.  Between the eclectic mix of tourists that graced our bar, to the various football and basketball games that captivated the patrons, and of course, those "Hot Mess Moments" that are better left unsaid- for all intent and purpose, it was a pretty good weekend.

We also had our share of "reunions" during the course of the weekend.  For example, we got a visit from Kevin Bohan, who was one of our original bartenders when we opened up 20 years ago (pictured here with "The Don").

That clipboard, interestingly enough, has the original list of Third and Long staff members and the shifts they worked.  Not sure how it survived all these years- I guess The Don is a bit of a hoarder.  In any case, it was cool to see Kevin again and to laugh about old times.

We had some other "old-school" Third and Long regulars pop by throughout the weekend, and you never get tired of seeing them.  They are a great reminder of good times gone by and what we strive to bring to the present and the future.

The one "downer" from the weekend was the fire that took place Sunday night at Sarge's Restaurant just up the block.  Not really sure what took place;  One minute, we had a bar full of people watching football, then the next minute, the bar was practically empty; all of the patrons had gone outside to check out the big fire down the block.  It took us a few minutes to figure out where it was coming from, and sure enough- it was Sarge's.  And with all of the fire trucks that showed up to the scene, it had to be pretty big.

When we finally got the scoop on what happened, the sad news was confirmed.  Fire apparently started in the restaurant, and caused damage to the restaurant as well as two apartments above the place.  From what they are saying, the place will be closed for awhile.  Talk about bad luck.  First you get shut down for a week due to Hurricane Sandy, and now this.  We hope they get back up and running soon.  Tough break.

Now that the Thanksgiving break is over- it's officially Holiday Season in NYC.  The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting takes place on Wednesday;  The myriad of holiday office parties kick in about now, and I, for one, can't wait!  It's been a long year and it's time for everyone to step back, take a deep breath and look ahead to 2013.  We've dealt with enough crap for one year- next year has to be better, right?

As for celebrations, our Annual Holiday Party is quickly approaching and this year's event will hold a special purpose;  Look out for details on how we'll celebrate it this year.


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