On a tip, I reported earlier this week that Old Devil Moon on East 12th Street would be closing. Then I got another email from a reader who said, "Though I love your blog, I cannot believe that you devoted so little space to Old Devil Moon's closing. I know that I am not the only person that is completely devastated by this happening."
Fair enough. So I got over there last night for some meatloaf and mashed potatoes. The waitress told me it was "yes, probably, pretty definitely" the last night of business, so if you try to go, I suggest you call first. They are most likely shuttered by now.
Opened 15 years ago, the place is a perfect throwback to the early 1990s. It's got that whole flea market kitsch thing: the strings of holiday lights, the disco ball, the religious paintings next to vintage nudes, the animal heads gathering dust. This is what 1993 felt like around here. Still kind of 80s. People shopped at thrift stores and wore bowling shirts. All your furniture came from the trash. You found the absolute perfect chair on 24th and 3rd and carried it on your head all the way down to the East Village. (I still have that one.)
Anyway, Old Devil Moon. It was crowded last night. People stopped in to say goodbye and good luck. Jill was there with her garden folks. Here's the story from my reader:
"The info that I have about it is that even though the rent is decent, there just wasn't enough money coming in, and the owner just had twins, so she doesn't have the time and energy to continue to devote to a business that is not doing well. They have been trying to sell it for months, and even though almost everyone wanted to keep the space as it was, the new organic place that is getting it is going to gut the place and ruin a landmark in the neighborhood."
Another trophy on the wall for Newer York.
See more Old Devil Moon pics on my flickr