Motor City Bar Confirms Closing

Motor City Bar, 127 Ludlow Street. Photo by Robert K. Chin.

It’s been a tough week so far for Ludlow Street.  Last night, we spoke with Francesca Romeo, co-owner of Motor City Bar, who confirmed reports that the beloved Lower East Side spot will be shutting down.  Yesterday a reader tipped off EV Grieve about the closure. Romeo, who runs rock-in-roll accented “Motor City” with partner Teresa Farnell, said their lease was up and the landlord did not give the option of renewal.

“Motor City” opened in 1996 when few businesses (other than pioneering LES haunt “Max Fish”) dared to make a go of it in the pre-gentrified neighborhood.  Romeo said the lease expires at the end of the month but it’s possible they’ll be able to stay in the space a little bit longer, and they’re keeping open the possibility of opening another New York bar.   Romeo, by the way, is an alum of our My LES series.  In addition to her title of “bar owner,” she’s a filmmaker and photographer and has been living in California, while making frequent trips back to NYC, in recent months.

Max Fish Rumor Confirmed – Pink Pony Also Closing

Paper got in touch with Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus, who says the legendary Lower East Side bar is, in fact, closing on January 30th. There may, however, be a glimmer of hope. Paper reports:

…fear not, Fish fans, Rimkus plans on reopening in the near future with the same friendly bartenders and friendly prices. “We plan on celebrating the last few weeks as much as we can,” says Rimkus, a neighborhood pioneer who founded the seminal art bar back in the days when the now bustling streets were considered dangerous. This Sunday kicks off the celebration with the annual Max Fish birthday party. Another casualty of the economy and greedy landlords is the Pink Pony next door to the Fish, which Rimkus confirms is also slated to close. At this time, it’s unclear whether the restaurant will reopen.