Stepping away from the East Village for a moment... Mumbles, the bar-restaurant on Third Avenue at East 17th Street, has closed after 22 years in business.
The owners left a note on the door about the closure...
It is with great regret that Mumbles will be closing its doors. We have appreciated all of the loyal patronage, and have always felt to be a welcomed fixture in the community. For the last 22 years we have totally enjoyed all of the great relationships that we have established in the neighborhood. There are many reasons for the decision to sell, and it wasn’t made without great thought and sadness. We thank you all for the great memories and friendships that were established here.
Updated 10 p.m.
La Follia will be moving into this space from Third Avenue and East 19th Street ... According to the Italian restaurant's website: "We will be serving our same delicious menu plus artisanal wood fired Pizza and our great regional Italian wines." So what will be going into La Follia's prime corner space?
Also, I didn't realize that Town & Village had already covered this closing. Here's a belated link to Sabina Mollot's article. T&V spoke with owner David Feldman:
“I decided to sell and there’s a multitude of reasons,” said Feldman. “Business hasn’t exactly been great. It’s the end of a neighborhood staple and people are going to be upset, but just because it’s a little cold out or it’s raining, you’ve still got to support your neighborhood businesses.”
Business had been “a challenge” for the past five years, he said, with family-oriented businesses like his being pushed out as the Gramercy neighborhood got younger.
“The young influx — we got some, but I don’t know if it’s past its time. All of the young people want trendy places.”