You may recall that last fall I reported that La Lunchonette would be forced to close, thanks to the High Line Effect that is sweeping small businesses from Chelsea.
The 28-year-old restaurant hung on longer than expected, but now the last supper has been announced. La Lunchonette's final night will be this New Year's Eve.
Owner Melva Max adds, "A ten story building will be erected, another 'starchitect' flexing their creative muscle along the old rail line."
After the High Line opened, Max's landlord’s phone didn't stop
ringing, and it was always a real-estate developer on the other end. She told me, “My
landlord’s not a bad guy, but how you can you say no to offers of $30
She also noted, “The neighborhood is so gross now.
It’s all tourists coming for the High Line. People always say, ‘But
wasn’t it great for you?’ The High Line has been the cause of my
Stop in before La Lunchonette is gone -- taking its delicious lamb sausages with it.