RUB BBQ Has Closed

BBQ ribs, RIP.
BBQ ribs, RIP. Photo: Everett Bogue

Eater reports that RUB BBQ on West 23rd Street stopped smoking meat and closed up shop on December 31, pointing to a farewell message owner Andrew Fischel posted on Facebook. The restaurant had a rough go in the past few months, and in September, a stolen Hummer crashed through its façade. In October, RUB announced plans for a special dinner series called the Barbecue Atelier, but Hurricane Sandy preempted its first installment. [Eater, Earlier]