Last Exit is closing, DuMont is being evicted and other sad tales of upcoming restaurant farewells

Last Exit is closing, DuMont is being evicted and other sad tales of upcoming restaurant farewells


DuMont Photograph: Richard Burrowes

A wave of closings and eviction notices is hitting some of our favorite neighborhood joints, and the usual suspects—real-estate development, lease struggles—are to blame. We've rounded up a quick bucket list so you can pay your respects at the still-open spots before their doors are closed forever.

The Union Avenue joint's dark days began in January, when owner Colin Devlin took his own life, and though Devlin's widow, Kristina Greene, told Eater she'd be reopening the restaurant in the spring, it's now facing an eviction notice from the building's landlord. The notice, posted on the restaurant's door, states that rent has not been paid for the first three months of 2014 and September 2013, making us think that what seemed to be a temporary closing is going to be a permanent one. Here's hoping that the 12-year-old restaurant can bounce back and we can enjoy their legendary burger again.

Last Exit
On March 31, it was announced on the iconic Cobble Hill bar's website that they'd be closing at the end of April. Here's a snippet of the heartfelt message:

"We can blame landlords and gentrification etc., etc., etc., but all anyone really needs to know is this: Once upon a time many years ago, three young people had a dream.… We put our strengths together and created an amazing place.… And best of all, we have TRULY been blessed to have had such incredible people working for us over the years that are absolutely considered family."

On Monday night, Last Exit hosted its last famous Pub Quiz—the clue was a photo of Ms. Conscious Uncoupler herself—but you can still head there on April 26 for the Slurring Bee Brooklyn Tournament of Champions, when 12 past winners will come back to defend their titles in the classic "take a shot, spell a word" face-off. If the competition seems too stressful for you, just head over any night for their Cheap Date deal: a bucket of six Miller High Life bottles (what they call "the champagne of beers") for $20.

San Loco
After 15 years on Avenue A, the Mexican joint unexpectedly closed its doors this past February. Their other three locations (Second Avenue, Stanton Street and Williamsburg) are still open, so it's not a bad idea to pop by for a late-night bite of their famous burritos and Tacos Locos sometime soon, especially considering the level of cutthroat competition of these areas.

Their cheesecake can be a divisive dessert—an icon to some, an overrated slice to others—but Junior's is undoubtedly one of the most iconic eateries in town. In February, it was announced that their original Flatbush Avenue location would close after 64 years in business, and the building would be replaced with (what else?) a luxury condo. Though they hope to reopen inside the fancy new digs, we suggest you head over for a slice of creamy cheesecake while you can. Sure, it's also available in midtown, but it tastes better with a side of nostalgia.

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