The National at 8 Rivington is Kaput

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

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.

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  • delancy

    too bad. that place was good.

  • KT

    it wasn’t that it couldn’t compete with new restos opening up – business was actually really good. it couldn’t compete with the CRAZY landlord. we’ll miss you julie and jeremy, thanks for four great years of coffee and shrimp&grits.
    – KT (proud resident of the bldg for the past 5yrs)