The property's owners - World Wide Group - has decided to terminate the historic bar's lease and force it to close its doors. Established in 1937 at 143 E. 60th Street just a few feet way from Bloomingdale's, the Subway Inn has created a loyal following amongst those seeking some nostalgia of yesteryear.
The Subway Inn's owners had mounted a campaign to remain at its long-time location as its landlord sought to claim the space for other projects. For the past eight years, the bar’s operators had signed one-year leases with a 30-day termination option, “each time recognizing that the site would eventually be used for development,” World Wide Group said in an August statement.
“World Wide is happy to have reached this agreement with the Salinas family and wish them continued success in their future ventures,” John Marino, a spokesman for the landlord, said in yesterday’s statement.
But the Steven Salinas, son of the owner, relates the family will not have the Subway Inn simply fall by the wayside as many others of done when faced with the same dilemma. Instead, the family will relocate the landmark to 60th and Second Avenue, and reconstruct the historic bar piece by piece.
Salinas related in an email:
“The space will look exactly the same. Colors, floor and all! In fact, our replication architect is hard at work making sure our new home will be nearly identical.”
The Salinas family released the following statement:
"On December 2nd, 2014-- the Subway Inn will close at its current location on 60th and Lexington Ave. to begin its relocation and REPLICATION (EXACTLY AS IT IS NOW) less than 2 blocks away on the same side of the street --at 60th and Second Avenue. Our move and REPLICATION is expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete.
We had requested to remain in our current home til the end of the year so that none of our family members or employees would be without a job over the holiday season. Unfortunately, the landlord denied or plea.
We are excited about this development and have put the right team in place to make certain that every piece of furniture, including our famous neon signs, the current bar, every bar stool, even the original bar booths—(that Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio sat in) will make their way a stone’s throw down 60th Street and be set back up exactly as you see it today.
And, it won’t just be the contents that will be the same. The space will look exactly the same. Colors, floor and all! In fact, our replication architect is hard at work making sure our new home will be nearly identical. Also, our prices will not change."