Another place is falling victim to a rent increase, this time longtime Times Square Irish bar Langan’s. The nearly 25-year-old pub at 150 W. 47th St. will close on January 18 after the landlord wanted to raise the rent to $53,000 a month from $16,000, the Post reports.
Co-owner Des O’Brien — who also owns Pig ‘N’ Whistle and other Midtown pubs — says despite several counter offers from him and his partners, landlord A&R Kalimian would not budge on the higher ask, which more than doubled the monthly payment. Over the years, Langan’s drew names like Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and John McCain after seeing Broadway shows, and it was the unofficial Post hangout.
Langan’s is just the latest in a string of 2018 shutters, with many near Times Square. Most notably, Guy’s American Kitchen & Tavern closed on December 31, though the reason for the closure is still unknown. Come February, 10-year-old Asian nightclub Circle will also close.