Gray's Papaya booted from its West Village location
After 28 years, the hot-dog spot has closed its doors, thanks to a rent hike; it'll be replaced by a Liquiteria outpost
Wed Jan 9 2013
Photograph: Alex Strada
Say goodbye to a cheap-eats mainstay: Yesterday, Eater broke the news that the West Village branch of Gray's Papaya, which has occupied the corner of Sixth Avenue and 8th Street for what seems like an eternity, had served its final Recession Special. The wiener joint is now closed for good, and will be replaced by another branch of the juice chain Liquiteria.
According to owner Nicholas Gray, the outpost shuttered, thanks to—surprise, surprise—a massive rent hike. Speaking to The Village Voice, Gray said that the landlord wanted to raise the rent by $20,000, which was untenable for the company. The mini-chain has one remaining location in the city, on the Upper West Side, and Gray says that they're currently looking for a new space.
Still, we can't help but feel a little sad about this. Each time a beloved dive bar or iconic venue succumbs to the city's ever-skyrocketing real-estate market, another piece of NYC history is snuffed out, and that's a shame.
Robert Sietsema wrote a brief tribute to the hot-dog spot over at Eater—it's worth a look. We'll miss you, Gray's.
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