Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Subway Inn on the Move

If you've been wondering and worrying about the fate of the Subway Inn, the owners have just released this statement on their Facebook page:

Statement from the Salinas Family on the Future of Iconic Subway Inn Bar

On behalf of my entire family-- I have some wonderful news to share. Earlier today we signed a long term lease on a new location which the Subway Inn will now call home.

On December 2nd, 2014-- the Subway Inn will close at its current location on 60th and Lexington Ave. to begin its relocation and REPLICATION (EXACTLY AS IT IS NOW) less than 2 blocks away on the same side of the street --at 60th and Second Avenue. Our move and REPLICATION is expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete.

We had requested to remain in our current home til the end of the year so that none of our family members or employees would be without a job over the holiday season. Unfortunately, the landlord denied our plea.

We are excited about this development and have put the right team in place to make certain that every piece of furniture, including our famous neon signs, the current bar, every bar stool, even the original bar booths—(that Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio sat in) will make their way a stone’s throw down 60th Street and be set back up exactly as you see it today.

And, it won’t just be the contents that will be the same. The space will look exactly the same. Colors, floor and all! In fact, our replication architect is hard at work making sure our new home will be nearly identical. Also, our prices will not change.

We realize this is a tremendous, risky undertaking, and will be very expensive to replicate—however my family is committed to keeping our tradition alive—and making sure Subway Inn lives on for many more generation’s to enjoy.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful. Not as good location but ok.

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Ed said...

I used to live in the area, and I suspect the new location will kill them.

One reason is that it is actually important for the bar's whole vibe is that it is close to a subway entrance. The second is that though the bar was getting frattier in its last years, it was much less so than any of the other bars in the area and especially along 2nd Avenue. There was a considerable after work crowd, plus people who actually took the subway from uptown to the bar. At times it felt more like a East Harlem bar than a East Midtown or UES bar. Without the subway you lose that.

They seem to be actually moving into the location of the old Tramway Diner, whose closing itself was a loss. Maybe they should adopt the diner's name.

Anonymous said...

C'est LA vie folks, now you know how the native Americans felt when we stole their land from them. I'm moving outta NYC after 33 years, born and bred, I can't wait!!!!

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Not such a good location, agreed, but still great news that they've got a corner & a chance to keep their family business. Good luck!!!

Tom Dwyer said...

As da owner of Da Blarney Rock Pub on west thoidy thoidy street. I have always came in 2nd as a dive bar to The Subway in. We have only been around since 1969 :)

Anonymous said...

Yay Subway Inn reincarnation.

Anonymous said...

Good luck in the new location. Wife & I visit whenever we come to NY from upstate. We love the atmosphere of a good old fashioned dive! I hope you move the dirt, dust & grime with you. It really is part of the charm in otherwise "upscale" Manhattan. The subway entrance will be missed, but after a few beers, a short walk will do us some good.