A vacant Binghamton building with a storied history is about to come alive again thanks to a couple of city residents.

A tavern and restaurant called "The Ward" is expected to open in the next few weeks on Clinton Street in the First Ward.

T. Mulligans Bar in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
FLASHBACK: T. Mulligans Bar in Binghamton on December 5, 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Patrick McMahon and Alpheh Wilson have been preparing the site that most recently was home to T. Mulligans Food and Spirits.

Mulligans had operated in the building at 58 Clinton Street until state regulators revoked its liquor license in December 2017.

About a century ago, the place housed a Crowley Milk Company retail store. The place later was used as a poolroom and cigar store. In later years, it was home to Durkot's Restaurant and Lynch's Restaurant.

Patrick McMahon and Alpheh Wilson inside "The Ward" on September 21, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Patrick McMahon and Alpheh Wilson inside "The Ward" on September 21, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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McMahon and Wilson told WNBF News they are excited about the prospect of opening a new business in their hometown.

McMahon said he was born in the First Ward, where his father worked at Anitec and his mother was a "lunch lady" at Woodrow Wilson School.

McMahon said although the word "gastropub" may be somewhat overused these days, it will apply to The Ward. He said the place will have a menu that will include spiedies and wings.

The partners have been working to get the place ready to open. They said they're hoping The Ward will be in operation by Halloween.

The doors to the restrooms at The Ward have a special design. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The restroom doors at The Ward have a special design. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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