By Anna-Marie Menhenott
FORT PIERCE -- When local business owner Howard O'Steen passed away in 2012, Fort Pierce felt a resounding loss. With his passing, longtime landmark, Pappy's Liquors and Tavern also closed its doors. While Mr. O'Steen's family settled his estate, locals wondered if their favorite watering hole would open again, and if so, would it be to their standards.
After a lengthy interview process, local entrepreneur Todd Shumway became the new owner of Pappy's. With the pressure of maintaining the integrity that it was famous for, Mr. Shuman undertook the process of reopening the package shop and bar.
"There are longtime customers that didn't want to see a whole lot of change," Mr. Shumway said. "It was important to us to try and keep the nostalgia and the memories alive. We updated some things, spruced it up a bit and brought in some new products, but for the most part, Pappy's is still Pappy's."
The package store has added to its selection of tobacco products to include a large collection of cigars. The store also continues to sell a variety of mixers, champagne, wine and beer, all at wholesale prices.
The tavern is open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and offers karaoke Wednesday-Saturday nights.
Drive-through service is available to those who want to purchase spirits, lottery or tobacco and head home. Pappy's also caters weddings and parties.
"Pappy's is back. We were missed by the community and it's good to know that we were trusted to bring back an old favorite. People poke their head in hoping to see something familiar, and they're not disappointed," Mr. Shumway said.
Pappy's is located at 6939 Okeechobee Road, in Fort Pierce, between I-95 and Florida's Turnpike. The package store is open daily from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and the Tavern is open daily from noon-2 a.m. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m.
For more information, call (772) 466-6939 or find them on Facebook.