The Real Deal New York

Iconic GV pub faces yet another legal hurdle

Still, Chumley’s could reopen this summer
April 05, 2015 05:00PM

Legendary West Village speakeasy, Chumley’s, is facing yet another legal roadblock on the path to reopening.

The bar — a favorite dive of literary giants like Norman Mailer and F. Scott Fitzgerald — closed back in 2007 when work at an adjacent building caused a shared wall to collapse.

Since then, attempts to reopen have been repeatedly blocked by lawsuits from noise-sensitive neighbors.

Last August, a Manhattan judge has tossed a lawsuit that attempted to block Chumley’s at 86 Bedford Street from reopening. Nearly 50 locals argued that the bar attracted noisy, late-night patrons. They are now appealing the case, according to the New York Post.

They argue that because the bar was closed for more than two that it loses its right to be grandfathered into the location.

“It’s not the old F. Scott Fitzgerald crowd,” said lawyer Barry Mallin, who represents the neighbors. “It’s the bridge and tunnel crowd and they’re very, very noisy.”

Nevertheless, the bar is going “full steam ahead” on construction and could reopen “before the fall,” said William Poppe, a lawyer for owner Jim Miller. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

  • Tim

    What a joke. You buy
    a place next to a bar then argue it should not open (only in NYC). I was
    there many times and never once noticed anything other than a crowd conversing
    with friends over a few cocktails by a fire. To claim that it brings in a
    “bridge and tunnel crowd” is absolute nonsense.

    • Crian Bashman

      The bridge and tunnel crowd to these folks is anyone that isn’t a bohemian.

      • BH

        and rich.

  • TalkIsCheap55

    “It’s not the old F. Scott Fitzgerald crowd,” said lawyer Barry Mallin, who represents the neighbors. “It’s the bridge and tunnel crowd and they’re very, very noisy.”

    Because Barry knows F. Scott and he is the quiet type.

    • P G

      Ha ha ha! Awesome observation! I LOVE it!