Inside Schiller’s Liquor Bar While it’s Emptied Out [PHOTOS]
The bright yellow neons of 131 Rivington Street are now indellibly dark. Schiller’s Liquor Bar, which ended service Sunday night after fourteen years on the block, has turned out the lights.
So, for the foreseeable future, load-out is in full effect. Contractors are currently dismantling and removing the remaining booze, furnishings, and kitchen equipment from the restaurant. Soon, you won’t recognize it.
As previously reported, the fourteen-year-old bar succumbed to a substantial rent hike. Management announced the closure back in May with an email blast explaining the situation. Schiller’s was offered a lease renewal, but didn’t take it due to the increased monthly dole.
Restaurateur Keith McNally opened Schiller’s at 131 Rivington Street in 2003, and it became a pioneering restaurant for area hipsters. The casual vibe – designed with subway tiles, checkered floor, and neon signage – made it a popular destination for locals and outsiders alike. The establishment became so popular, in fact, that author Richard Price used it as inspiration for his Lower East Side novel, Lush Life.
Now, fourteen years later, Schiller’s was consumed by the beast it helped create (i.e. gentrification).