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Buskers Pub

Newport, R.I.

March 6, 2009
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Not long ago, Buskers was a Burger King. In the heart of the city’s tourist district on Thames Street, it was bought in 2003 by Tommy Sheehan, who along with his wife had it renovated by Irish carpenters and soon racked up an award from the Irish Voice newspaper as one of the best Irish pubs in the country. ‘‘From day one, people said it looked old,’’ Sheehan said. The pub is dark and moody, with artifacts, bric-a-brac, and pictures — all genuine Irish imports, most antique, some well over a century old. The long bar serves 18 draft beers, Irish and Scotch whiskies, and the dining area has tall booths with stained-glass tops. About the only thing lacking at the moment is live music, which is odd, Sheehan admitted with a laugh, ‘‘for a place called Buskers’’ — a word that describes those who perform in public places. - PAUL E. KANDARIAN

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