Thursday, September 17, 2020

Jules Bistro will not be reopening on St. Mark's Place


Jules Bistro, the casual French spot at 65 St. Mark's Place between First Avenue and Second Avenue, will not be reopening coming out of the COVID-19 PAUSE.

Workers were packing up the space yesterday, as EVG regular Lola Sáenz reports.

Jules, which opened in 1993, offered free live jazz every night... and with its French film posters on the walls and red leather booths, always offered a throwback getaway on St. Mark's Place... Well-regarded restaurateur Georges (Café Noir, Bar Tabac, Cercle Rouge) Forgeois said that there wasn't really much room for outdoor dining here and running the place with 25-percent indoor capacity starting on Sept. 30 wasn't going to cut it.  

RIP Jules.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

fuuuuuck

Anonymous said...

Very sad. Thanks for always being there Jules.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I hope closing now will allow him to reopen in a new space down the road when this is behind us. We are going to see a lot more closings in the fall. It’s so sad.

Anonymous said...

Fuck!!!! This is truly sad. I had many good dinners and glasses of wine with friends here. Haven't been there in a couple of years though, but had fond memories of it. Another loss for our neighborhood. The hits just keep coming. RIP Jules :(

Anonymous said...

First mermaid inn now jules :(

Goggla said...

This was a really unique and enjoyable place. What a loss for this neighborhood. As one commenter said above, I hope they can reopen somewhere later.

Anonymous said...

unbelievably sad. This was such a great place. Always got into conversations with interesting strangers at the bar. heartbreaking. :(

Anonymous said...

Sad to see you go.I'm sorry it had to happen this way.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear it. The city had better not be bailing out Hudson Yards (there is talk of that) while all these small businesses go under.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I, plus assorted friends, have had Christmas dinner there every year since, oh 2007? What a loss!

Anonymous said...

Shitty loss for the nabe, that's for sure. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

This is truly a loss for the nabe too bad they couldn't get some relief don't know if it true in this case but remember folks most landlords especially the larger corps do not care about our neighborhood their tenants or anything else except profit shun them for they will make a waste of your home and area

Anonymous said...

I will cry.
Favorite place and people

Clara Walker said...

Aw I have so many good memories of Jules. Rip ❤️

Nichole said...

This makes me want to cry! I hate that so many neighborhood spots aren't coming back...Porsena, Jules, Mermaid Inn....

Anonymous said...

Loved Jules, and loved that space!! Heartbreaking to see these unique and beloved EV landmarks disappear. Wish them well and yes to a come back!

Anonymous said...

Cercle Rouge has closed too. Cafe Noir, in its new location, TBD. Bar Tabac has its liquor license suspended. Only that's [possibly] standing is Le Singe Vert.

Jules used to be my home away from home. Used to do my homework on a midday outside, just having a baguette and carafe of wine: Staff would keep me company. One day I forgot my wallet. They asked me to come back some other day to pay. Met and connected withe many folks there, both staff and customers alike. Brought many dates there. Dined solo at the bar many times. Hooked up with waitresses and managers. Time moves on.

Why aren't there more sad songs about the closings of a restaurant? Perhaps if I told the story of Jules Bistro's death, I might understand it better, make sense of it—perhaps even change it. This closing still seems implausible. A restaurant was present your entire life, and then one day it disappeared and will never come back. I resist belief. It had been diagnosed with COVID-19-related restaurant closures six months earlier; I had known for months that Jules Bistro might not survive, and that it'll inevitably close for good. But its death nonetheless seemed like the wrong outcome—an instant that could have gone differently, a story that could have unfolded otherwise. If there is a right turning point in this bistro's narrative, then maybe, like John Harmon, it never really died, only pretended, but still could resurrect itself. I'll try not to grief anymore; I lament. This. Is. The. End.

~ee

La vie est belle said...

Goddammit, I absolutely loved this spot. It was perfect for any and every occasion. Wonderful live music and a cozy atmosphere. Jules will truly be missed!!

Anonymous said...

Saw so many great musicians there,some of them are pretty big now. This one is a real shame, some other closings I care less about.

anon said...

This one hurts.

Anonymous said...

Not a jazz fan but losing unique venues like this are brutal. Won't be the same without it.

Lola Sáenz said...

Been Missing Jules
It's so sad to see this one Go for good
Loved Jules

panthera said...

RIP Jules (and Mermaid Inn), yet another East Village classic gone. :(

RAW said...

Jules is closing...SERIOUSLY??? NO WONDER the rented apartments above this venue have plummeted in rent. What a shame!


Before Paris, I ate my first Parisian food here.

I'm not even a jazz fan, but the music created a magical atmosphere. It was a fun spot where people in Brooklyn not even into jazz would come to for a musical, gastronomical vacation...after all it was cheaper than a plane ride from JFK to Charles de Gaulle. Jules trully is reminiscent of Paris.

In Brooklyn for live Parisian nightlife music, there is still Barbes (maybe?), but they don't have food there.

Since the early 1990s I enjoyed Jules and Cafe Yaffa. Now both gone? Good luck to Saint Mark's Place -- they're gonna need it!

Anonymous said...

Wow. This One Really Hurts. Was such a GREAT date spot for the steak and frites, cool atmosphere and wait staff, and Jazz. Bummmmeerrrrrr.
THANKS JULES, for the Great Everything. You Will Be Missed.

Anonymous said...

A very sad loss for the neighborhood. I spent many happy nights here enjoying the jazz from so many great performers. Many became my friends. The staff was always amazing and like family. A big loss for the East Village...and the World.

Anonymous said...

A very sad loss for the neighborhood. I spent many happy nights there enjoying the jazz from so many great performers. Many became my friends. The staff was always amazing and like family. A big loss for the East Village...and the World.

Anonymous said...

This, and now Native Bean on Ave A is closing tomorrow is too much to take. Sad sad sad!

Bethel said...

Jules was my first real restaurant gig, back in 94. Guillaume taught me how to open wine. So sad. RIP Jules.

Anonymous said...

It was one of the few places left in the nabe that was "bro proof". Too bad.

Giovanni said...

What I’m really going to miss, after hearing live jazz music wafting out through the open doors of Jules, is the guillotine they stationed outside every year on Bastille Day, because the way things are going we are going to need a few good guillotines real soon.

Sharky said...

Went there since 1999, Cafe Noir was another favorite spot...Went there in 2018, eat one of the best tartare in town...Life decided to kill the restaurant industry the independent that could still make a living. That life is over. If you have strong investors backing you, you on! otherwise you dead. That the story of COVID, you can only live if the big guys decides you to live! Otherwise Bye Bye Charly!

Anonymous said...

@1:43pm: "Bro proof" - exactly, and we need more like that in our community, not less. So sorry to see Jules go.

Anonymous said...

You do remember almost 200,000 Americans have lost their lives to covid, there’s still no treatment or cure or vaccine and thousands upon thousands have long term disability from it. The restaurant closed bc people eating close together too dangerous and owner wanted to bail on business venture. Yes it’s a loss easily rebuilt but put in perspective!

Anonymous said...

This is what happens if we force an industry closed, so no income for six months while still paying rent. Zero reason restaurants couldn’t have been opened in June when they were supposed to, with the protocol every other industry is following. The rest of the state reopened indoor dining three months ago with no rise in cases.

Anonymous said...

Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!