After a celebrated reprieve, then an ominously long wait for resumption of operations, the Holland Bar has begun serving customers again. The Times says they started pouring last night. The place is still a mess, and “the cash register was perched on several cases of Bud Light,” but it’s open. “Gentlemen, start your livers!” says Grub Street.
Next wave: declaring the Holland is already over. “The last time I stopped by the Holland was about a year ago,” an erstwhile habitue writes to us. “It was about 9 a.m. and of course there were customers. Billy wasn’t bartending, though he still works odd mornings, but the place had already changed hands… Ernie was no longer even a secret shareholder, having long since retired to Florida. It just wasn’t the same.”