Is Mars Bar going to be returning?
Almost three years after closing, legendary downtown dive—and East Village icon—Mars Bar is preparing its comeback
Fri May 2 2014
Back in the summer of 2011, in yet another episode of the “luxury condo takeovers” saga, Mars Bar closed its doors, much to the dismay of its loyal band of followers. The building that housed the gritty, graffiti-filled (and, to some, gross) watering hole was demolished and replaced by a high-end apartment building named Jupiter 21 (of course).
Now, after years of swirling rumors over owner Hank Penza looking for a new space to bring his joint to life, he told Bedford + Bowery this week that he plans to reopen in the original space, sharing a wall with a TD Bank (sounds like the perfect metaphor for the East Village’s transformation, huh?). Punk may be dead, but this scrappy punk dive, thankfully, might live on.
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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)