Yet Another One Bites the Dust

       First the Rainbow Room.  Then Tavern on the Green.  Now another Manhattan institution is closing its doors.  The owner of Bill’s Gay Nineties Restaurant and Piano Bar on 54th Street is closing its doors this weekend.

       So what’s the big deal?  The Rainbow Room and Tavern on the Green both opened in 1934, meaning they were around for 75 years.  But Bill’s got them both beat; that establishment opened in 1924 as a speakeasy and has been operating ever since.  And what’s the issue?  The economy?  Tired owners?  Nothing so simple.  The owner of the building has refused to renew the lease without giving an explanation.  The doors will close.

       The owner of Bill’s has said that she will reopen the restaurant and piano bar at a new location.  But it’s not the same…

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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