Kabin is Kaput After a Decade on 2nd Avenue
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Second Avenue stalwart Kabin is kaput.
Its final day in business was Tuesday evening, according to a tipster (and bar regular). The watering hole operated here for more than a decade before its demise.
EV Grieve all but predicted this closure earlier this week, having noticed a leasing sign on-premise and an accompanying listing for the 2,100 square-foot space. But it still happened rather quickly. By yesterday evening, a larger “for rent” banner appeared in the window and the lights turned on.
During its ten-year tenure in the East Village, Kabin Bar & Lounge appeared to attract a healthy cross-section of New Yorkers, from locals to bridge-and-tunnel. There was free comedy in the back room (e.g. “Kabin Fever”) and budget drink specials.
Black Star previously held court at 92 Second Avenue, but closed due to a purported rent hike in January 2004. Kabin took the reins shortly thereafter.
How do you feel about the loss of Kabin?