Some very sad news to report: after 70 years serving beer to generations of Upper West Siders in a comfortable dark space, Emerald Inn on Columbus Avenue between 69th and 70th streets is likely to close in the next few months. The unpretentious bar now has some very tony neighbors, including high-end retailers like Helmut Lang and Club Monaco, and rents have escalated. It barely escaped closing a few years back after the landlord attempted to raise the rent to more than double what the owners had been paying.
“It’s looking pretty grim,” said Ben, a bartender at Emerald Inn who noted that the landlord has already been showing the space to other prospective tenants.
“Try finding another bar on the Upper West Side that’s been around for 70 years, and owned by the same family.”
The lease is up on May 1. A bartender recently told some regulars it would close in April.
It’s already shaping up to be a tough year for Upper West Side closings, with the likely shuttering of Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint on 77th Street and Broadway.
Thanks to Lauren for the tip. Photo by flickr4jazz.