Yesterday, news broke that Lakeside Lounge will be closing soon, and today Eater learns that Kenny's Castaways, the Bleecker Street stalwart that has been hosting music shows for over four decades, is now on the market. The bar was originally opened in 1967 by Pat Kenny and has been run by his family ever since, hosting music luminaries like Jeff Buckley, New York Dolls, Blondie, Kiss, and Patti Smith. It was also home to Phish's first New York City concert. Even before that, the location's history as a bar goes all the way back to the 1890s when it was known as the Slide, which was apparently one of New York's earliest and most notorious gay bars.
The entire building was put on the market recently but never sold, and now the owners are looking to find someone new to take the place over and put their own stamp on the space. The deal also includes a cabaret license, which would be next to impossible to secure in today's climate. Eater has reached out to the bar's owner for comment, but have not yet been able to connect.
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