One of the oldest holdouts on the stretch of Seventh Avenue between Times Square and Central Park, The Famous Oyster Bar, will be closing after service tonight, according to a notice posted in their doorway.
“This restaurant has been here since 1959 and will be closing at the end of the weekend due to exorbitant rent prices,” it reads. “It has been a pleasure serving N.Y.C. for over 55 years.”
It seems as if there’s no limit to the amount that landlords raise rents to in this neighborhood; in August 2012 64-year-old music store Colony was forced out after the rent spiked to a whopping $5 million per month, and the legendary Stage Deli, which was less than a block away, closed in November 2012 due to a rent increase as well and is now home to a tourist-friendly bar.
They’ll be closing after service, at “about 9 or 10 tonight,” according to the employee. No word on the fate of the neon.