Pink Pony on Ludlow Closes for Good

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 at 6:09 am by


Just like Freddie said, “another one gone, another one gone, another one bites the dust.”

Looks like Pink Pony finally succumbed to the pressures of gentrification. The pioneering Lower East Side hang at 176 Ludlow closed a couple weeks ago under cover of darkness, seemingly not to return. Drawn security gates and the colorful mural are what remain to collectively greet those former patrons seeking casual no-frills grub. No notes, missives, or thank you letters posted anywhere. Just a quiet departure.

Sources confirm closure, while calls for comment are met without success. Yes, the Pink Pony phone number was also disconnected, with a Verizon operator instead trying to connect callers with a similar business. Apparently those establishments include Olive Garden and Red Lobster. WTF.

Sad as this news is, it’s not completely surprising. We all knew this day would eventually arrive, especially after the famed compromise of January 2011 in which a favorable rent deal was struck between the landlord and neighbor Max Fish, who subleased the adjacent restaurant space to Pink Pony. At that moment, the extension granted was only for a year so both were living on borrowed time. No word on whether owner Lucien Bahaj will relocate like he had expressed during the last scare two years ago.

Fingers of blame can be pointed in numerous directions, but the two properties immediately to the north are certainly prime offenders. 180 Ludlow and the Hotel Ludlow.

How do you feel about the loss of Pink Pony?

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  • Marbury

    I work at Ludlow Fitness and this one of my favorite places to hang out at after training clients

  • Lower East Side has become just too much like the Meat Packing District and Ludlow Street is becoming like MPD’s Washington Street. Last time I was there and at a Motor City Bar, hardly anyone was there, but at the same time Spritzer’s was buzzing and when I was outside smoking, people were asking for directions to Beauty & Essex, Schiller’s, Hotel Chantelle, etc. Good times, nonetheless.

  • the honeymoon is over

  • Now Motor City is also closing…fu gentrification!

  • Motor City announced today that they’re closing as well. This city is seriously sucking a$$.

  • stinks kc


    • Super 86

      Jerome’s is wack as shit now that they’ve changed owners just saying

  • It was too far from my apartment, it attracted too many foreigners that didn’t know how to tip and it was run by a 20 year old. But it was unique and charming and casual and I loved working there. Viva Pink Pony

  • Party Time!

    SO GLAD!!!

    Don’t you think they could do SO MUCH MORE with that space! Like a Bed, Bath and Beyond, or a William Sonoma? Also, if we could eliminate some of the skate board-types and a few of the loud minoritie-ish types (some of my best friends are African Americans btw!) but just bring up the area a bit… Also if people could smile a bit more, and wear bright clothes? I think the Lower East Side could really be something AWESOME! ; – )