After planning to do so for years, Strip House has finally expanded into the former space of once-beloved 12th Street Books.
In 2008, decade-old 12th Street Books shuttered when their lease ended and the landlord hiked the rent.
Upscale chain restaurant Strip House (which replaced 75-year-old Asti) was slated to take over the spot before the bookstore had even closed, but they did not move in right away. The downstairs space stayed empty for four years, growing more blighted by the day--and we sorely missed our bookstore.
During those four years, 12th Street Books relocated to Brooklyn and became The Atlantic Book Shop. Sadly, it did not last. In May 2011, that bookstore also shuttered. It has not, to my knowledge, reopened again.
The Strip House Grill, once a haven of books, is now serving filet mignon sandwiches and "lobster frites."
Is it better than a bikini wax?