Lakeside Lounge, the Alphabet City Hangout, To Close
The East Village must be getting used to all these closings by now. First, it was Mars Bars on East First Street; then Banjo Jim's on East Ninth Street; and, now, the Lakeside Lounge on Avenue B will see its doors close for good. In an e-mail message to Runnin' Scared, co-owner Eric Ambel confirmed that, "after 16 years on Avenue B, our last night will be April 30." What a shame.
In 1997, just as Alphabet City was recovering from a decade of turmoil and crime, Jim Marshall and Eric Ambel opened the Lounge right next door to the now-closed Life Cafe on 10th and B. It was a place where "the stories you've heard [about it] are most certainly true," according to its website.
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