BROOKLYN, NY — Every other year, Ruby’s Bar closes at the end of October when Coney Island begins shuttering things for the winter months. This year, the iconic “dive” bar will be operating at least through the end of this month. Which is particularly interesting since it was supposed to not only close but to vacate the premises as of Friday.
Owner Michael Sarrell told local media “I spoke to my attorney and he’s advised me that there’s no reason why I can’t open up, so I’m opening up.”
It is the latest development in a situation created by new property owner Zamperla, which runs Luna Park and took over the buildings housing Ruby’s and several other businesses earlier this year and decided not to renew their leases.
Ruby’s, which has been on the boardwalk since 1934, has held parties every weekend since its eviction notice was served. Business has boomed so much Sarrell had to restock his alcohol inventory.
“We’re hoping we can get enough groundswell support to push the politicians to see what’s going up here and to realize that the history of New York City is going away one piece at a time,” he told NY1. “This is just one of those pieces, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t stay.”
His lawyers say they are going to court this coming week to battle the eviction move.
(See earlier story here.)
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