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Biker Bar Hogs & Heifers Will Close Next Month as MePa Continues to Ditch Its Roots

Owner Michelle Dell says there's no way to pay $60K in rent and still charge $3 for PBR.


Signs of the tawdry Meatpacking District of yore have been disappearing for a while now, but next month, the neighborhood will lose one of its anchors. Biker bar — and the inspiration for Coyote Ugly — Hogs & Heifers will serve its last $3 can of PBR, add a few final bras to its collection, and shut down for good on August 23.

Owner Michelle Dell says she's being forced out by a rent hike from landlord Thor Equities, who wants to raise the rent by $14,000 a month, hitting a total of $60,000 a month or close to a quarter of a million a year. "I sell Pabst Blue Ribbon for $3. I still sell beer for $5 or $6. I am not a business that can sell a bottle of beer for $12 and margaritas for $15," Dell tells DNAinfo. When Dell and her then husband opened the bar in 1992 they paid $3,000 a month. When he passed away in 1997, she became the bar's sole proprietor.

The staff is apparently cataloging all of the bras taken off in the bar over the years and all of the taxidermy incase there's a slight chance of a reopening in a new location, but Dell tells the Daily News that she's not optimistic that she can find a reasonably priced space. At least the Vegas outpost is safe for now.

Hogs & Heifers

859 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 (212) 929-0655 Visit Website

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