The West End Lounge, a gathering spot for drinks and live performances on the corner of West End Avenue and West 107th Street, will close its doors for good, owner John Forslund said on Facebook.
As we round out September and head into the Fall… I guess there’s no better time to announce. After a lot – and i mean a lot – of introspective thinking & discussing with my small team of advisors … I will not be reopening The West End Lounge on 107/Bdwy. The years and years of fond memories will always stay with myself & my entire team (past & present up to COVID)! We’ve literally poured millions of drinks over the years & collectively we have appreciated the support along the way for each and every one of them.
The lounge had caused controversy with neighbors for years, with some saying it was too raucous to be in a residential building. Forslund, who had changed the menu and other aspects to win regulatory approval, wrote on Facebook that the closure comes just after he had prevailed in that fight. “The irony that we had JUST won our 2-year long battle with Community Board 7 right before Covid is not lost on me – the legacy just wasn’t meant to live on at 955 west end Ave!”
Thanks to Cameron for the tip.