New P&G Cafe Won’t Have the Same Grit, and Maybe Not Even the Same Sign

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Steve Chahalis, the fourth-generation barkeep at P&G; Corner Café, gave the Observer an eye into what the saloon’s Columbus Avenue reincarnation will entail: It’ll be a bit more refined, with teriyaki garlic-saffron-rubbed burgers, hot wings, a fireplace, chess tables, and, says Chahalis, “We’re going to do steak and chops — like the sign has said forever.” As for the sign itself, the bartender is staying mum, but even City Councilwoman Gale Brewer is concerned: “Are they going to want to move it? I don’t know if they’re going to be able to move it,” Ms. Brewer said. “I don’t know if they’re going to be allowed to by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.” This is perhaps the most tragic instance of endangered signage since McHale’s moved on.

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