The National at 8 Rivington is Kaput
Over at the National on Rivington Street, the gates are up…but business is not. The cozy white-tiled cafe shuttered within the last week after three years serving coffee and light American food to the upscale masses near Freeman Alley. A brief visit to 8 Rivington yesterday morning confirmed the news. The interior was recently torn asunder, gutted for the next entrepreneurial hopeful.
The National very much carried that nuevo-diner-ish feel, similar to McNally establishments like Schiller’s or even Pulino’s. But ultimately it couldn’t compete, especially with the opening of Bowery Diner just around the corner. That certainly couldn’t have helped matters.