Last summer, I shared the rumor that Manatus had lost its lease and would be closing, but this was never confirmed.
Just now, reader Michael wrote in: "Manatus is closing tonight, a village neighbor told me this, said the new asking rent was 50 thousand, so I called the restaurant and tonight is their last night - closing at midnight."
I immediately called the restaurant and they told me the same thing. They lost their lease. They close at midnight tonight.
This is a sad day for the Village. Manatus has been in business since the mid-1980s, catering to the local LGBT clientele, and it is the last affordable, down-to-earth place to eat in that hyper-gentrified plastic part of town. I had my last meal there a couple months ago and didn't know it.
If the original rumor is completely true, then a Calvin Klein store is taking Manatus' place.
Manatus to close?
Lunch at Manatus
Bleecker's Luxe Blitz