Mickey Mantle's Restaurant Closing for Good
The legendary baseball player's restaurant is closing after months of eviction notices
After a month or so of trying to raise money to pay back late rent, Mickey Mantle's on Central Park South has finally called it quits.
The New York Daily News reports that owner Christopher Villano announced his decision to close today, after 24 years of serving cocktails and chicken-fried steak to Mickey Mantle (in it's heyday) and Yankees fans.
"It’s a very sad and difficult decision," Villano said. "Having 'Mickey Mantle' on the awning was an honor we took very seriously."
Back in April news first broke of Mickey Mantle's possible eviction when original owner Bill Liederman stepped up to raise $1 million to save it. An investor also offered up $71,000 to cover a month's rent and buy time.
Villano blames the closing on "increasing food prices, shifting city regulations, and landlord interference."