Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Joe Jr's closes its door

Joe Jr's, the 35 year old diner on 6th and 12th, closed on Sunday. Another nail in the coffin of solid joints for the working joe. A place to get a BLT at 2am , a chocolate shake or good hot coffee 24/7. Landlord wanted more than Joe could pay. So long Joe...paying my respects.
From Jeremiah's Vanishing New York: It happens. All over town, it happens that thriving businesses, shops and restaurants loved by many customers, are put out of business. These days, more often than not, they stay empty, their "For Rent" signs an exercise in futility. And another place that hummed with life becomes a black eye of blight on the streets. Maybe we'll find ourselves looking at art here, ironic installations on the meaning of cheeseburgers and community--instead of eating cheeseburgers and being connected to that community. And then it will be empty again--until it is turned into another bank, another fro-yo shop, another nothing.

16 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

so very sad. I love diners & what a nice homey looking place.
what was the landlord thinking???

Blognote said...

It is always sad to hear that someone has to close his shop!!

Adam said...

What a shame. This place looks just like the kind of place I'd love to eat at if ever I visit the city.

Sean said...

First reaction was that a stubborn landlord in a recession????? Perhaps this will be a decision of regret of his, although this place is the casualty...

sonia a. mascaro said...

Sounds that Joe Jrs is a nice place... sad...

PS: Love the quote: "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"

altadenahiker said...

By god, there you are!

James said...

I understand that the landlords don't own the buildings for charitable purposes, but it's still a shame when great old places slip away.

Ken Mac said...

Often landlords raise the rent and the space remains empty for long after, rather than keep a paying lease holder. Makes no sense beyond simple greed. With NY's economy in freefall this is simply ridiculous

marley said...

Sad. Even sadder with the current economic climate.

Sherry Stewart said...

Wow, I can smell the burgers from here..!!!

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