Before Fergie’s there was nothing. Okay, maybe that’s a little bit of stretch, but when Fergus "Fergie" Carey opened his eponymous pub on Sansom Street near 13th Street back in 1994, editors from Food & Wine and Bon Appetit weren’t exactly lining up to check out the likes of Barbuzzo, El Vez or Sampan. In fact much of what’s now called Midtown Village was dotted with empty store fronts, strip joints, sex shops and adult cinemas. And Fergie was seen as something of a madman for opening a bar and restaurant in the middle of it all. All these years later, he comes off more as a visionary, trailblazer and a savvy businessman with a portfolio of likeminded spots, including Monk’s Cafe, Grace Tavern and the Belgian Cafe. Tonight at 7 p.m. he celebrates his pub’s 17th anniversary. Stop in, grab a drink and raise a toast to Fergie’s longevity and success as an anchor in the neighborhood’s amazing transformation.
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