Tavern lore: Barnaby’s building played huge role in New Paltz’s past

Of all the taverns the New Paltz Times has profiled so far, Barnaby’s Steakhouse holds perhaps the deepest and most important place in New Paltz history. By far the oldest of the bars, the big brick building on 16 North Chestnut Street once played a vital role in the social lives and entertainment of New Paltz’s citizens.

It had even been called -- quite earnestly -- New Paltz’s Carnegie Hall.

The Barnaby’s brand name too stretches back far into the past, since the tavern itself opened back in 1967.

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