Paul Devitt and Joe McGinty met in the mid-90s when Joe DJ’d at The Barmacy. In 2012, Paul contacted Joe, looking for a partner to open a vintage-styled piano bar. Joe invited him to the Manhattan Inn in Brooklyn, where he was hosting/performing at his weekly piano karaoke gig. The rest is history.
About The Founders
Paul Devitt and Joe McGinty opened the first Sid Gold’s Request Room in NYC in 2015. Prior to founding Sid Gold’s, Paul launched the iconic Beauty Bar in NYC which celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2023. Beauty Bar became a small chain around the country, with ten outposts at its peak. He also created other fondly remembered hot spots including Barmacy in NYC, Star Shoes in LA, and Silk City in Philadelphia.
Joe McGinty started the Loser’s Lounge in 1994, a live band tribute show which currently resides in NYC at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Previously, McGinty was the keyboardist of the Psychedelic Furs for five years.