R.I.P. Don Hill and David Apelewicz

It's a sad day for the restaurant and nightlife industries. Eater reports that Don Hill, the founder of eponymous, legendary club, has passed away at the age of 66, while the Daily News brings word of the death of David Apelewicz, a Remedy Diner waiter who was shot in the head during a mugging.

Don Hill opened his club at the far western end of Spring Street back in 1993, and it subsequently became a nightlife fixture, thanks to raucous parties like SqueezeBox, Motherfucker, and Misshapes. Paul Sevigny, who reopened the club last year with Nur Khan, told The New York Observer at the time that Hill was "really the fucking real thing. He was doing cooler things when me and Nur were in fucking diapers than what we're doing now."

While David Apelewicz lived his life far from the limelight, he was much loved by his co-workers at the Remedy Diner on East Houston Street. Apelewicz, a 43-year-old former real estate agent, was shot at point-blank range last Tuesday while being mugged in his Midwood neighborhood. He died on Sunday, leaving behind two sons and his father. Investigators are currently questioning three men caught on a surveillance camera shortly before the mugging occurred.

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Don was very generous & kind, When i first started in the music Biz back in the late 80's and early 90's we would hold record Release parties at the Cat Club all the time.. Don was always working around stuff for us so that we could have the best time slots or night of the week etc.. He truly loved the music biz and the scene. we shared lot's of long conversations about music and the biz.. We kept in touch when he was back at Kenny castaway's in between the Cat Club and opening Don Hills.. When i bought & opened My first bar (Bar-Coastal in 2000) and told Don he was great, once again taking the time to tell me about the biz , what to expect what, how to deal with the city, staffing, all the little in and out's of the biz that you never really know or understand until you have been in it a while. and i gotta tell ya... he was right about all of it!! I owe him my gratitude and will surely miss running into him from time to time and shootin the breeze.. RIP Don!!