For the second time today, Ken of Greenwich Village Daily Photo shares some shocking bad news on his Facebook page. Now he tells us that the sole surviving Dojo, by NYU, is closing.
He writes, "Rent increase will force one of the best healthy, inexpensive restaurants in the Village to close this summer. Bartender said it 'will reopen as something entirely different.'"
Dojo has been around since 1974. It began as the Ice Cream Connection on St. Mark's Place, complete with druggie flavors. When the Dojo on St. Mark's shuttered, the one on West 4th remained. Says the Dojo website, "Dojo went through hippie years, drug years, New York’s first blackout in 1970s,
Avenue B Houston and 14th Street riot, pop art culture movement with Jasper Johns,
Andy Warhol...you get the picture."
Now it's goodbye delicious and cheap soy burger dinner. Goodbye carrot-ginger dressing invented in 1973. Hello 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Subway, cupcake bakery...whatever the zombie machine churns out next.