Frank Mockler Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Terzi
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BY JENNA BAGCAL
Former Little Neck bar
owner and Long Island resident
Frank Mockler died of
natural causes on Monday,
March 2. He was 92 years old.
Mockler and his brother
Patrick were the owners of
the eponymous Patrick’s Pub
— located at at 252-12 Northern
Blvd. — from 1966 until it
closed in 2004. For nearly 40
years, the pub served up classic
Irish fare and a great cup of
Born in Massachusetts
and raised in Galway, Ireland,
Mockler got an early start in
the restaurant industry. His
daughter Elizabeth Terzi said
that the young man worked in
many of the local bars and hotels
as a bartender.
At age 18, Mockler came
back to the United States to
serve in the army. While stationed
in Germany for two
years, Terzi said that he became
the top cook for the army’s
officers’ club, a military
based building meant for offduty
Following his military service,
Mockler continued his
restaurant career, working in
top establishments in Manhattan.
He also worked at the 1964
World’s Fair, where he introduced
the masses to his famous
Irish coffee. The drink would
later become a favorite in his
future bars and restaurants.
“It’s the blend that we have
— a little secret,” said Mockler
on his Irish coffee back in
In 1966, he opened Patrick’s
Pub in Little Neck, which
quickly became a neighborhood
favorite. Patrons were
able to enjoy home cooked favorites
like corned beef, Shepherd’s
pie, black and white
pudding and burgers.
A decade after opening the
pub, Mockler opened the Harp
& Mandolin in Bayside and
with the help of his brothers
Patrick and John, opened the
Claddagh Shop a few doors
down from Patrick’s Pub.
Terzi said that her father
was also heavily involved in
charity and giving back to the
communities where he lived
and did business. He helped to
raised over $250,000 through
events like charity balls,
golf outings and fundraising
Mockler was on the board of
the Queens Children’s Hospital
and the Queens Lighthouse for
the Blind and received honors
from the 111th Precinct and
the Emerald Society among
“He was definitely a people
person and he wanted to extend
his goodness to everyone
around him,” Terzi said.
Mockler is survived by his
three daughters, Bette Terzi,
Patricia Joyce and Franceen
McPoland, four grandchildren
and his partner Vanessa Park.
Mockler’s wake was scheduled
to be hosted at Weigand
Funeral Home in Williston
Park on March 4 and 5, with
visiting hours scheduled from
2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
His funeral will be at St.
Anne’s in Garden City on
March 6 at 11:15 a.m., followed
by the burial at Holy Rood
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Frank Mockler, former
owner of Patrick’s Pub
in Little Neck, dies at 92
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