After 16 years in business on Atlantic Ave., beloved Cobble Hill bar Last Exit will be closing at the end of the month, according to its owners. As with nearly every sad closing story, this one involves a tangle with landlords over the place’s lease, according to one bartender.
Earlier this week, the bar’s owners posted the following explanation on Facebook:
It with with a very heavy heart that we are announcing that after 16 years Last Exit will be closing it’s doors at the end of April.
We can blame landlords and gentrification etc etc etc but all anyone really needs to know is this:
Once upon a time many years ago, three young people had a dream. We had no money but we knew how to have fun. We put our strengths together and created an amazing place. We have seen long lasting friendships formed, families created, and some crazy ass shit (I’m looking at you Last Exit bathrooms!). And best of all, we have TRULY been blessed to have had such incredible people working for us over the years that are absolutely considered family.
It has been quite the ride.
Thank you so much to everyone for taking this journey with us. We are incredibly lucky to have had this chance and opportunity to own our own business in NYC and we will never forget it. Last Exit is such a special place and the memories will last forever. Thankfully most of these memories took place before cell phones cameras.
The Vortex is peacing out. Hopefully we can make April all that it is meant to be.
Julie, John & Joe
And with that, another one bites the dust.
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