Friday, December 21, 2007

And so it begins, when depression set in


As seen in Page Six in the New York Post yesterday:


December 20, 2007 -- IT may be the final nail in the shared coffin of East Village dive bars. Two longstanding holes-in-the-wall, Sophie's on East Fifth Street and its sister spot, Mona's on Avenue B, are up for sale. "The neighborhood has changed so much," co-owner Bob Corton told Page Six. "I love both bars, but they're dinosaurs now." Corton plans to sell the low-lit saloons after the holidays. He has run Sophie's, which adopted its name from its original owner, the late Sophie Polny, since 1986. He opened Mona's in '89. Corton assured us he'll stay in the neighborhood but couldn't predict the future of his beloved drink tanks: "Once the places are sold, what happens to them is really out of my hands."

7 comments:

Marty Wombacher said...

There's no comments here so I thought I'd leave one. Happy Birthday!

Goggla said...

Thank goodness this never happened!

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the comments here! It was lonely!

Absolutely, Goggla ... where would I be if Bob never decided to sell the bars?! I suppose something else would have triggered the start of the site...

Goggla said...

It looks like your first non-Sophies/Monas-related post was on the Cedar Tavern, so you were destined to grieve no matter what happened. :)

Matthew has 2 T's, dumbass said...

thankfully we don't have to read the Post anymore for local news !

Anonymous said...

You know what's funny? December 2007 was the month I moved to the East Village. Yes, I'm just a youngin, and I'm nostalgic about things that I've never seen and experienced. I credit you, good sir. Very few bloggers have the tact and wit that you do, with your ability to paint the most vivid of pictures with delightfully understated turns of phrase. Opportunities arise seldom, so you probably don't get told enough just how much all of us on here appreciate you and what you do. Keep on keepin on Grieve, because we'd be lost without you.

EV Grieve said...

Thank you anon 12:12!