After being in business for nearly 20 years, Clancy's Tavern in Neptune must close their doors.

Ed and Kevin Kelly -- the brothers who opened this bar and restaurant together -- will have to permanently close Clancy's doors by the end of this month.

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This Jersey Shore business fought to stay alive.

They had to close their doors in March at the start of the pandemic and then offered takeout from May to July. Finally, they sold packaged goods only that would be sold to customers through a window.

"With COVID, it wasn't worth it for us to open at 25 percent," Kelly said. "Since March 16, we haven't let anybody from the public inside the building."

The good news is that Ed, Kevin and their employees will still have a job thanks to Clancy's sister restaurant Kelly's Tavern which was opened by the Kelly's grandparents in 1949.

"We have enough work to go around," said Kelly, 64, of Neptune. "I'm not sad. We had a lot of good customers. We miss our customers, but we see them. Some come to Kelly's."

Their restaurant and liquor licenses are being put to good use thought. According to, Clancy's sold them, "to Crab Tales who specializes in Southern-style seafood boils."

FYI: There is allegedly going to be another Crab Tales location coming to Neptune on Route 66 where the East Coast Cookery used to be but I digress....

My advice to you would be to try and stop by Clancy's Tavern at 25 South Main Street in Neptune one last time and say your goodbye's before it is too late.

And there goes another one....

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