Cedar Tavern to (Temporarily) Shutter

cedar Cedar Tavern to (Temporarily) Shutter
The good ol’ days.

In July, the legendary Cedar Tavern will be closing for six months, in order to, build condos above the bar.

Of course, the Cedar has a rich history. There have been abstract painters, beat writers, NYU dudes, and Observer reporters who sometimes bypass Old Town.

Here’s how Metro reported it:

Joe Diliberto, who owns the bar and the two-story building, recently filed a permit with the Dept. of Buildings to convert the second floor into apartments and add seven stories.

He expects the bar to reopen after six months. “The first floor will be pretty much the same, only we’ll lose some space to make room for an elevator,” he said.

While the first floor remains “pretty much the same,” the loss of the second floor–which is typically packed on many nights already–is a pretty big deal. Also, there won’t be much need for a skylight anymore, which will be sorely missed from the second floor space.

- Michael Calderone