After a long battle, Subway Inn is back. The classic dive, which was forced out of its 77-year-old home, surprise opened last night at its new location, which is just a few blocks away from the original. A few regulars got a first peak and are already rejoicing over the return (and cleaner bathrooms). The bar officially starts pouring drinks again today at 10 a.m.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So happy to be at the reopening of <a href="https://twitter.com/SubwayInn">@SubwayInn</a>!</p>— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) <a href="https://twitter.com/kavithadavidson/status/578736211482820608">March 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The Salinas family, which owns the bar, brought over the bar's iconic neon sign, which got cleaned up a bit for its re-debut.
Yay, they're back & open! @subwayinn #subwayinn #savesubwayinn #secondavenue #nyc #ues pic.twitter.com/evh8hndNxU— melissa lauren (@melissa49) March 20, 2015
And, early reports say that the bathrooms are cleaner than ever (not sure how long that will last).
At the new Subway Inn location. The bathrooms are (relatively) immaculate!— Mark Yarm (@markyarm) March 20, 2015
Uh, oh. The new bar is already drawing a rowdy crowd.
The new bar opened up downstairs!!! It sounds like a rowdy crowd. #SubwayInn— Stephanie Hatlee (@SKHatlee) March 20, 2015
Everything from the old bar made its way to the new spot, says the Salinas clan — the bar, booths, stools, Atomic Wings, that neon, it's all there. In the move things did get a heavy duty cleaning, so expect the new Subway Inn to be the same, just a bit spiffier. Grit comes with time.