Schiller’s Liquor Bar Neons Deposed from Rivington Street
It finally happened. Now one week removed from the closure of Schiller’s Liquor Bar, down comes the neon signage.
Reader Mary Kalemkerian sent us the above image of the “Liquor Bar” signage deposed and sitting on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.
As previously reported, the fourteen-year-old bar succumbed to a substantial rent hike, and closed on August 13. Management first disclosed 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.