You Have Until Sunday to Grace Schiller’s Before it’s Gone

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 at 5:14 am by

You have three days to visit Schiller’s Liquor Bar before the Lower East Side restaurant closes for good.  Its last hurrah is Sunday, August 30.

As previously reported, the fourteen-year-old bar has fallen victim to a substantial rent hike. Management announced the imminent 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. “We simply cannot afford it,” Sophie McNally told Eater when the story first broke.

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 is falling victim to the beast it helped create (i.e. gentrification).

Schiller’s on the cover of “Lush Life”

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