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Iconic West Village speakeasy Chumley’s is reopening this fall

Iconic West Village speakeasy Chumley’s is reopening this fall
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Mike Appel

After nearly a decade out of the game, Chumley's is set to reopen September 6, helmed by Sushi Nakazawa restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone. It's been a long time coming, since 2007 to be exact, when the 1922-born West Village pub—a literary haunt with esteemed regulars like E.E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay and John Steinbeck—closed down due to a collapsed wall. The historic bar's been teasing a reopening ever since.  

Renovated to capture the feeling of the original Chumley's, it will be freshened up with new wallpaper, French-oak tables and leather banquettes, but will tip a hat to those regulars of yore, with their book jackets on proud display and paintings of writers like Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds gracing the walls. The original heavy wooden front door will remain and there will be no sign out front so, same as ever, patrons will have to be in-the-know to find it. The menu will be padded with "well executed classics," from Atera alum Victoria Blamey. 

Owner Jim Miller has faced many roadblocks over the past several years, trying to revive the beloved speakeasy where he started as a part-time bartender, even facing opposition from neighbors in the area who resisted a Chumley's comeback altogether, forcing an earlier closing time and required security into the restaurant's liquor license. But under the tutelage of Borgognone, the cobwebs are being dusted and the reopening seems to be moving right along. Stay tuned for more details. 

 h/t Eater

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8 comments
Joe J

You live near chumleys? If not, then who cares what you think. Not one person within a 2 block radius wants this to happen. It's all the idiots who just want to come here, drink, and then go home to their quiet area. Nobody complains when stuff happens around other people's homes. Palms were greased, and laws bent. Period.

Mindy C

I know spelling and grammar is all wrong in this post!!!😃

Mindy C

@Joe J like Ms Jaffee (forgot her first name) New York City Judge said, "You want quiet move to the suburbs!". Places like Chimneys is was *made* "The Village". It was not and will not be a disrespectful loud bar. I would give anything to be able to live nearby noise and all. I lived south of Wash Sq Park in the 90's and the noise THERE (Thompson off Bleeker) was extreme. The West Village much quieter.  As a Tour Guide and Actress Queens is only option. What's the point of living in the West Village if all the wonderful places are gone?????

Mindy C

@Joe J Barbara Jaffee!!!

Lee G

Get a compass - Chumley's is in the heart of the West Village. I was a Chumley's customer before you were born or got your first tattoo

Joe J

Never should get a liquor license. You can't open a new bar in the same area due to the laws, but this gets a pass because of nostalgia? Smacks of a pay off.

Mindy C

@Joe J nostalgia is all that's left. Thank goodness something from history will still be here!!!!