Saturday, February 9, 2008

"Phew!" is right

Folks in the media are confirming that Sophie's/Mona's are staying in the family. What we were yammering away about.

Patrick Hedlund, who did the fine feature on the bars a few weeks back in The Villager, has this item in his latest Mixed Use column:

East Villagers mourning the loss of pair of classic neighborhood dives won’t have to give up those well-worn barstools just yet.
Mixed Use has learned that Alphabet City fixtures Sophie’s and Mona’s will remain operating as is, after brothers Bob and Rich Corton struck a deal for the saloons to stay in the family.
Bob confirmed that Rich would be taking over operations at Sophie’s, at 507 E. Fifth St. near Avenue A, and that Rich would continue running Mona’s, at 224 Avenue B near 14th St. Bob had put both bars up for sale in December.
“It’s a done deal,” said Bob, who had to leave the business for health reasons.

Also, New York magazine's Grub Street feature had the news this past week under the we-totally-relate headline: "Phew! Mona's and Sophie's Are in Good Hands."

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