Founder Elaine Kaufman died on December 3, 2010. Diane Baker, the restaurant manager, inherited the business and said she would try to maintain it as long as possible. That effort lasted barely six months.
Elaine’s was located at 1703 Second Avenue. Among its regular patrons was Woody Allen (shown with her at right), one of numerous celebrities — many in the literary world — Kaufman protected from paparazzi who seldom bothered anyone because of her admonitions.
“It’s kind of a cliché, but it really is the end of an era,” Stephen McFadden, a regular at Elaine’s and an owner of another bar, McFadden’s Saloon at 800 Second Avenue, told The New York Times. “It was a full-blooded clubhouse. There isn’t a place in town that I think comes close to it right now, and as hard as the waiters and everyone tried to keep it going, it was like a wonderful candle that went out.”
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