Naked Lunch called it quits last Friday after 20 years of business, costing Soho another of its few remaining bars so soon after MercBar unexpectedly went out of business last fall. Naked Lunch's owners announced the news on Twitter, simply thanking its supporters and customers for 20 years of patronage.
The positive news is that the space will not become another high-end boutique, but instead will be replaced by the Regent Cocktail Club, a classic cocktail bar which LDV Hospitality (Scarpetta, No. 8) opened in the Regent Hotel in Miami last year. The Soho branch is expected to mimic the Miami original, with cocktails and light food. Soho is inching ever so closer to being 100 percent bar free.
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