West Village Chinese restaurant Charlie Mom will shutter after service this coming Wednesday, reports Jeremiah's Vanishing New York. The restaurant that opened back in 1982 soon became a neighborhood fixture attracting a dedicated but, as Robert Simonson noted in Who Goes There?, increasingly aging clientele. Delivery accounted for a sizable portion of the restaurant business, but apparently not enough to meet the demands of a rent increase. In Simonson's feature one of the waiters he interviews intimated that the restaurant would close once the existing clientele pass away, now it appears that most will out live it.
Charlie Mom to Close After 32 Years in the West Village
Escalating rent forces out another neighborhood mainstay.