Florent diner says au revoir

June 06, 2008 10:28AM

The Meatpacking District’s Florent diner is closing at the end of the month after 23 years because of skyrocketing rents. French owner Florent Morellet said he his rent increased from $6,000 to $30,000 a month. The diner was originally a haunt of butchers and prostitutes but became a popular gathering spot for students, artists and celebrities. “I’ve been going to Florent since 1986, whenever I can. But the whole neighborhood changed,” filmmaker Spike Lee told the New York Times. 

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