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This truly breaks my heart. Call me crazy, but I find it deeply upsetting.
'members' bar that NO ONE knows about but me!
all the time. I love it there - he's like Trisha's god son... Rose, his sister, had her bday there once and not only were there the de rigour drag queens present, but a midget Elvis impersonator.
We should go there next week!! I've missed it! I used to spend A LOT of time there. It's brilliant. I don't like telling people about it, tho..
it's always been pitch black.
I've also heard the most amazing jazz quartet from NY there, once, by complete accident... just jamming...
and from memory, that was post a 'burlesque' evening, back when that stuff was kinda fashionable still and I remember some guy coming out of the loos with a harmonica, and I sang 'the blues'.. and my friend Terry fell off a chair, turned around, heard me, and thought there was 'entertainment'.
The whole place rather remiss of a David Lynch film. PERFECT. Not for the faint hearted.
I haven't been there once since I moved to Shoreditch.
It's time to leave the 'Barley Triangle' I thinketh...
and I'm laaaaamee
Let's go after the photo shoot!
I might have to wobble his face and go "awagawrrrrrrrhhhhhnughuhwrarrrrghaflooYYYYYD!" at him.
I'll make him smell 'nice'... he gets a good scrub down when I bath him.. oh bath-time at my house is always fun...
Ehwhat, you will LOVE Floyd... he's being really cutesy of late and walking around the canals of Islington, despite being a bastard siffery style dog, very cute and well behaved.... getting lots of attention... etc...
I've got custody of Floyd for awhile...
There are various groups on facebook dedicated to saving it. JOIN THEM ALL!!!
Miserable old so and so...
heard of it.
the guy who runs it seems nice and all, and the idea of keeping it like the 50s is nice.
But given the quality of the food their prices aren't competitive, their range isn't great and the place could do with a clean.
Harsh but that (plus the neighbourhood rates) is why it's closing.
What's your point exactly? That it should close? What a 'meh' post.
Just that it needed a bit of rejuvenation if it was to survive - what better location for a 50s cafe/diner than just next to where Grease has been playing to hordes of tourists?
But I guess this would probably cost money that the owners don't have.
sorry - I'm a bit touchy about this sort of thing.
But it's a bit expensive. £7 for ham, egg 'n' chips!
a rip off indeed.
Don't you have any concept of how important places like that are in terms of our cultural heritage? Particularly in such a central area. It's amazing that it's lasted so long and yet you are 'meh' about letting it be demolished. Typical! I suppose you'd all prefer to see a load of offices and more Starbucks outlets. I'm shocked that everyone's taking the opportunity to kick it while it's down.
The food's great! What exacly were you expecting? Haute Cuisine? And to criticise the 'range' (haha) is ridiculous in the context of an original 1950s cafe. It seems perfectly clean to me. You're jusy nit-picking in order to sound superior and wise. Goodness knows why.
and it is a small style old skool bar - very 50s in feel and management style - you would love it there. We'll take you there sometime to get over the closure of The New Piccadilly.
RIP The New Piccadilly.. all in the shame of progress, eh?
As long as Vikram leaves his bulldozer at home. ;)
I'm being human.
The fact that you've never even visited the place makes me feel that you're at something of a disadvantage with regard to discussing its value.
Even so, anyone who takes even the slightest interest in design/visual culture should be appalled at this loss. That place is chock full of really important and irreplacable examples of post-war design and frankly, it SHOULD be a museum piece. It's that valuable!
I am genuinely shocked that anyone could be so cynical and bloody-minded as to think that this is the way things should go and that we should all just accept it and kneel at the altar of the homogenized inner city replete with banks of Starbucks and Mcdonalds as far as the eye can see.
I heartily endorse this post.
I'm not seriously saying that facebook can save the day... It's just a last ditch little show of affection more than anything.
In practical terms, yes - the business isn't viable as a competitor to the massive franchises that are creating identikit highstreets. Simple as that. With some investment it could be, but no one's stepped in. And there's the tragedy. This gem will be lost forever.
Let's settle it over a whiskey neat at Trisha's, eh?
I've only been there a couple of times, but I really like it.
And tell me you're happy to see this place close...
be sad then, for goodness' sakes! Don't argue in favour of its demolition!