Back in 2006, Gino, the 64-year-old Upper West Sider known for its zebra-themed wallpaper, told the Observer that it might have to close in part because of its $29,000-per-month rent. Now chef-owner Michael Miele tells the Times: “We’re down 70 percent over the past couple years. Especially now, forget it, we’ve got a big drop. If business stays like this, if it doesn’t pick up we can’t afford to stay open, we’re losing money.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Update: Well, this is heartening: Lost City found the place crowded on a recent Wednesday.
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