Cleopatra’s Needle, a jazz club and restaurant on Broadway between 92nd and 93rd Streets, closed on Monday after 30 years. The spot was one of the few remaining restaurants that featured live music every night, and it was a mainstay for musicians and music-lovers. A note on the door says “With a Heavy Heart, We Say Goodbye.”
“It was the accumulation of rent, city business assault and a change in the neighborhood” that caused the restaurant to close, said owner Maher Hussein in an interview. “You name it, we faced it. It became unbearable, especially the rent.”
Hussein said business taxes, higher minimum wages and other bureaucratic difficulties also made it hard to stay in business. He said he’s gotten many calls asking him to consider opening a new location, which is he is considering.
“It is a loss for the Upper West Side, and I’m not just saying that because we own it,” he said.
Customers were devastated. “I’m truly heartbroken,” wrote Paul, who sent in the photo above. “I didn’t know the place was even at risk of closing.”