Schiller’s is Closing this August After 14 Years on Rivington Street
Here’s one from left field. The old guard of early-2000s Lower East Side hangouts is down another. Schiller’s Liquor Bar is closing down for good this summer after a fourteen-year tenure on Rivington Street. Last day in business will be sometime in August, according to an email distributed to customers.
“We send our thanks to every single customer and staff member and look forward to seeing you all at the next place (TBA)!” the email blast announces. The departure is apparently due to Schiller’s approaching the “end of our lease.”
Restaurateur Keith McNally opened Schiller’s at 131 Rivington Street in 2003, and it became a pioneering restaurant for area hipsters. Its casual vibe made it a popular destination for locals and outsiders alike. The bar-restaurant became so popular, in fact, that Richard Price used it as inspiration for his Lower East Side novel, Lush Life. (It’s on the book cover.)