The removal of Kung Fu Bings panda isnt the only thing making the streets a little more boring these days. East Village longtimer Telephone Bar closed in January and is being replaced by a newbie, the 13th Step. If you were hoping its iconic red telephone booths would remain, somewhat like the star walk outside of the Chase that used to be the 2nd Avenue Deli, youre out of luck. East Village Feed notices theyre gone. We called the 13th Steps sister bar Down the Hatch, and though we still havent found out about the fate of the booths, we heard more about Telephone Bars replacement.
Down the Hatch manager Mike Dauplaise tells us that when the bar opens in July, it will be the biggest bar out of the six we currently run (others include Jakes Dilemma, the Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon, and the Gin Mill). Itll serve very similar pub fare to what we have (cheese-stuffed burgers, for one), the dcor will be similar to the other bars (lots of TVs), and therell be an emphasis on sports and nightly drink specials. Well let you know what we hear about the phone booths maybe theyll replace the red booth that used to be at Billys Antiques?
Former Telephone Bar Telephone Booths Removed [East Village Feed]