After Neir’s Tavern was robbed earlier this month, the Woodhaven community rallied for the bar they love whose owner loves his neighborhood.
“Over the past couple of years, anytime someone has been in need, Loy Gordon and Neir’s Tavern has stepped up,” said resident Ed Wendell.
Wendell reported that $1,700 was raised for the long-time community watering hole during a “friend-raiser” event last week. On Sept. 11, a burglar stole $925 from the bar’s register and removed a cash box and an undetermined amount of money from the site’s ATM.
Wendell said the bar was packed with local business owners and patrons. Jeff Lewis—the owner of Lewis’ of Woodhaven, which closed in 2003—received cheers from the crowd when he stopped by to show his support.
“Like our neighborhood, it was a diverse crowd. You had everyone chipping in,” said Wendell.
Wendell said that Neir’s owner, Loycent Gordon, who has owned the tavern since 2010, frequently makes an effort to help the community.
Gordon admitted that, at first, he was reluctant to accept the idea of the “friend-raiser.”
“I was embarrassed,” he said. “The emotion, the excitement and support on Saturday gave me a breath of fresh air. We’ve been fighting for so long for recognition for landmarking.”
Gordon said that the money from the friend-raiser will help the bar to repair damages from the break-in as well as purchase equipment that needed to be replaced and extra security.
Police believe that the perpetrator gained entry by prying open the side door. There is no description of the suspect and the investigation remains ongoing.