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Blaze guts New York's Dead Rabbit pub

By Staff Reporter

A mystery blaze has torched a New York bar run by two NI ex-pats which was once named the 'best bar in the world'.

The fire broke out in the cocktail bar of the Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York's financial district early on Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The bar - established in 2013 by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry from Belfast's Ardoyne area - was voted World's Best Pub in 2015.

The two pals had worked together in Belfast's Merchant Hotel before being headhunted to open their own place in New York. The pub was named after an Irish American criminal street gang which operated in Manhattan in the 1850s, engaging in savage street battles with its rivals.

Yesterday, stark images showed the building as a charred, blackened shell, after the fire had swept through its four storeys.

In a message to patrons posted on Facebook, the Dead Rabbit's management said: "This morning a fire was reported on our block.

"We're still getting details, but The Dead Rabbit received considerable fire and water damage and will be closed until further notice.

"Fortunately no one has been hurt. Thank you for your support and understanding at this very difficult time."

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