Smith Street Down One Irish Bar, for Now


Boerum Hill’s Ceol, an Irish pub on Smith Street, was issued a stop-work order Friday by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and is closed, at least temporarily. According to an angry red sign posted on its doors, Ceol was fined $81,750 for failing to secure workers’-comp coverage and for spotty employment records. A records search on the board’s Website reveals that Ceol canceled its workers’-comp insurance in June 2006 and didn’t pay premiums on disability insurance after August 31, 2006. The bar’s Website indicates it was closed over the weekend, but is plugging bingo, trivia, and traditional music throughout the week. Maybe they should add a fund-raising event.