Señor Frog’s — if you’re not familiar — is a wild, spring break-themed chain restaurant that originated in Cancún where drinks are served in giant palm tree-shaped buckets and the decibels reach rock concert arena levels.New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells said “[he] had more fun at Señor Frog’s than at almost any other restaurant that has opened in the last few years” — just one of many accolades in his hilarious rave review from his visit in December. Sadly, Señor Frog’s in New York City’s Times Square has quietly closed.
The only hint to the lively eatery’s departure is a “Now Closed” note on both its Facebook page and a blurb in the New York Times’ Openings and Closings page.
Understandably, Pete Wells is devastated:
Food media need to cover the end of Señor Frog's the way they covered the Four Seasons.
— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) August 16, 2016
He has even waxed poetic about the demise of the gimmicky restaurant:
You took your life, as lovers often do.
But I could have told you, Señor Frog's,
The world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.
— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) August 17, 2016
The closure has struck a chord with fans of over-sized drinks, crass culinary innuendos and singing wait staff who wave sparklers and throw confetti.
Guess I was right when I walked past Senor Frogs on Monday. That place I never walked into is now closed pic.twitter.com/IEwY79FPl8
— Christopher L. Inoa (@ChrisLInoa) August 17, 2016
Unleash your inner fiesta no more, señor frogs. we hardly knew ya (I never went, so didn't know ya at all) https://t.co/FCEMYjliQ7
— Downtown Abby (@AbbyMCarney) August 16, 2016
The Senor Frogs closed in Times Square. Somewhere, somehow, someone will respond by saying "NEW YORK IS OVER!"
— David Lawson (@dtlawson) August 16, 2016