Schiller’s Liquor Bar, a fixture on Rivington Street for 14 years, is closing in August. An email blast went out today from the restaurant, according to Eater, which reported the news a short time ago.
Restauranteur Keith McNally says Schiller’s has reached the end of its lease. In an interview last year, McNally said the Lower East Side outpost is not a money maker but a personal favorite in his food/nightlife empire just the same.
More to come.
UPDATE 5/16: McNally’s daughter, Sophie, told Eater that the landlord offered a new lease but the rent was too high. “We simply cannot afford it,” she said.
UPDATE 2:09 p.m. The closing is now reflected on Schillers’ social media feeds:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce to the world that in August we will be closing our doors after 14 years of being a Lower East Side fixture. Schiller's is family, friends and love. Share your memories with the hashtag #SchillersStories and tag @mcnallygroup Come get some garlic shrimp and Sticky Toffee Pudding and bid a fond farewell. We are going out in style, LES