Bill's Gay Nineties Had Its Last Hurrah On Sunday

Categories: Closing Times

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Wally Gobetz
A Broadway dandy outside Bill's

Bill's Gay Nineties Restaurant and Piano Bar, an 88-year-old bar that first opened during Prohibition, shut down for good last Sunday at 3 a.m. 

According to Diner's Journal, there was a mayoral proclamation posted above the bar, proclaiming Saturday "Bill's Gay Nineties Day," but even that couldn't lessen the somber mood at Bill's on its last night of service. "It's a tough day," Barbara Bart Olmsted, the bar's owner, told the Times. "We're emotionally drained. There are a lot of tears tonight." Bill's was slated to close after Olmsted lost her lease on the bar's three floors of a townhouse dating to the 1850s. Back in November, theNew York Post reported that Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie was eyeing the space for a new tavern, but there's no word yet on whether that has turned into a real project. Meanwhile, Olmsted is hoping to reopen Bill's at some other location in the neighborhood.


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BOBBIE MAGGIE
BOBBIE MAGGIE

SAD, I ALWAYS HAD A GREAT TIME, AND WILL MISS THE PLACE . WHEN I COME TO NEW YORK. TO MUCH OF THIS KIND OF CRAP IS GOING ON. greedy land lords, AND JERK OUT PAYING FOR THE SPOT THAT'S BEEN THERE FOR EVER. SAD! GOOD LUCK ON FINDING A BETTER PLACE.

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