Thursday, September 18, 2008


As first noted at Brooks of Sheffield's Lost City, the beautiful Long Island Restaurant in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, has closed. For how long nobody knows. The old Brooklyn diner/bar has a wondeful back story, three generations of one family running the place forever, until the family's grand dame passed away last year. I visited LI Restaurant years ago and spoke with this marvelous lady, who served me beer ina '50s-era glass. Entering LI Restaurant was like time travel, the mahagony bar perfectly polished, lace curtains in the window, ham and cheese sandwiches served on white bread with chips. They don't make 'em like this anymore.


Laurie Allee said...

That's really a shame. Looks like my kind of place. said...

I'm sorry I never heard of this when it was open. It sounds like it was a real gem.

• Eliane • said...

It is sad but unfortunately, this happens often for family businesses. The kids are not always willing to take over from their parents. It looks like a sweet place.
Do you know this old tiny little place where they sell knishes in the Lower East Side? Anytime I pass by it, I am so glad it is still there.

Ming the Merciless said...

Like Eliane said, the next generations aren't always as willing to run the business after the older ones pass on.

Look at Little Italy. Chinatown is swallowing it up because there are new Chinese people arriving all the time. But there aren't any new Italian immigrants anymore. The children grow up and move to Long Island.

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