It is with great sadness that I must report that after 10 years my beloved bar Boulevard Tavern will close its doors for the last time on Aug 30th 2015.
I could site many reasons for this, but suffice to say, a changing demographic in the neighborhood, increased competition, and increased costs are about as good a reason as any. Let’s just say its tough being a small business in NYC right now.
I tried, really tried to keep the bar open. So much so that it has caused me to go into massive debt.
The past four years have been extremely difficult. Starting with Ria’s battle with cancer and her untimely death, things were just never the same. After Ria’s death the business started to go downhill. I noticed the drop off right away. Just about that time we saw new places open up in the neighborhood. I was sure these places were taking a bite out of Boulevard’s business but without Ria there was something missing that could not be replaced.
I kept the place going for last 3 years but it was always a struggle. Dwindling sales made it very difficult to balance the finances but I managed as well I could. I probably kept it going longer than I should have. But when do you pull the plug on something you love?
Over the years Boulevard Tavern has become a special place for a lot of people. There are a lot of memories here that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I just want to thank all those friends who have supported us over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you.
What are the plans for the future? Watch this space. You haven’t seen the last of me.
Writing this there are so many things I want to say and so many people and events I want to talk about. I’ll be updating this note throughout the week.
The final sendoff party will be Sat. Aug 29th but we will try to make the next 3 weeks special. Be here and support us this one last time.