It's been a turbulent year for iconic West Village gay bar Pieces. Over a year ago the 19 year-old bar's Christopher Street landlord planned on kicking the bar out of its space while he oversaw extensive renovations on the building. They tried and failed to relocate to the old Village Paper store, now owned by Bobo's Carlos Suarez. Then they tried and failed and then succeeded in getting neighborhood approval to relocate to East 8th Street.
Now Vanishing New York relays the news that they don't have to relocate after all. In the end, perhaps because of a recent outpouring of support from locals and prominent gays, the landlord decided to extend the bar's lease and pursue renovations at a much later date. And as a bonus, while looking for a new space for Pieces, the owner found a space in Hell's Kitchen, which he is keeping to turn into a sister bar with the same vibe but a different name.
· ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Pieces' West Village Lease Extended After Long Battle; Owner Still Planning Additional Hell’s Kitchen Bar [Next]
· Pieces Saved [JVNY]