Pier 72, an old-school diner which has been a reliable breakfast and lunch spot at the corner of 72nd and West End Avenue for the last 41 years, has closed its doors for good.
While a GoFundMe campaign raised an impressive $7,087 since it was launched on November 15 (quickly surpassing its initial goal), it wasn’t enough to keep the diner open. And the person who launched the campaign had a feeling that would be the case, but wanted to make things easier for the owner and staff members.
“We have shared so many memories with our family there. If you have, too, we hope you will join us in giving Jimmy, the kindly owner who always pretended to steal french fries from his kid patron’s plates, and his hard-working staff the “tip” of a lifetime.It won’t be enough to thank them for all the memories they have helped us make. But it will let them know we loved going to the “Pier” and we will never forget them.”
Loyal diners really stepped up. With a total of 89 donations (as of writing), three gave $500 and one donated $400.
Said one regular who made a donation, “The closing of Pier 72 is a loss to the neighborhood. I’ve been their satisfied customer for 27 years. Everyone was treated like family and friends. Good folks are losing their employment so I’m happy to give a final gratuity.”
The campaign is still currently open with an $8,000 goal. You can make a contribution here.
In other food news:
Supermarket Western Beef, located between 62nd and 63rd on West End Avenue, is expected to close by the end of the year.
Cafe Frida, at 368 Columbus Avenue (between 77th and 78th Street), has closed for good – but owner Cristina Castañeda will be opening a new restaurant in the same space.
Mamoun’s Falafel will be opening at 508 Columbus Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets.
Chinese restaurant Hunan Park has reopened at 610 Amsterdam Avenue, between 89th and 90th Streets.
And Pastrami Queen will be opening on Tuesday, December 8, at 138 West 72nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus.