It's sad to see the Broome Street Bar go the way of Our Lady of Vilnius. When the church was open, those who wanted to continue the conversation after kavine would troop east, past the Church of the Most Holy Crucifix, now the Chapel of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, to the Broome Street Bar.
When the church was endangered, we would gather there to strategize and speculate about saving it. After the church was closed, we would demonstrate and then chow down on those burgers served with the little side salad.
Either way, it was always a good time and we were happy in each other's company there. According to the New York Post item that shared this sad news:
"The plan is to create a fabulous new Soho restaurant and bar in the spirit of the Soho institution,” said a source close to the deal brokered by Michael Bolla, Wynter Galindez and Lisa Rosenthal."Instead of a comfortable place where you could linger and talk to people to whom you haven't introduced, it will become a sanitized culinary theme park.