The beginning of the end of Bleecker Street arrives tonight with the official closing of Kenny's Castaways, the legendary bar and live music venue that has been rocking in Greenwich Village for almost four decades. The bar went on the market earlier this year, with the owners claiming that the live music business was just not what it used to be. Restaurateur Sergio Riva decided to take on the challenge of creating a nouveau Bleecker Street gastropub called Carroll Place that will also offer live music but wind down much earlier in the night.
Kenny's Castaways was run by the original owner Pat Kenny until his death in 2002, and has been operated by his children for the past decade. The club hosted early shows by Jeff Buckley, New York Dolls, Blondie, Kiss, and Patti Smith, as well as several of a young Bruce Springsteen's first New York City concerts. The Smithereens and Willie Nile will headline tonight's finale, so go check it out and support the end of a downtown legend.
· Kenny's Castaways, Greenwich Village Club, Is Closing [NYT]
· Kenny's Castaways Coverage [~ENY~]
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