This is the final week in the life of Rose’s Turn, a veritable West Village institution.
The oldest piano and cabaret bar in the neighborhood will close its doors for good on July 22, according to a source.
“They just told us a week before the place closed,” an employee told The Observer. “They have been sketchy about the details, but the rumor is that the building is turning into a real estate office.”
Located at 55 Grove Street, Rose’s Turn developed a reputation early on as a place where Broadway actors and the common man could share the stage to belt out standards by starlets like Bette Midler and Judy Garland.
The name Rose’s Turn has graced the façade for 17 years, according to the employee. Famous names have not only performed, but have also worked at the bi-level club.
“Barbara Streisand worked upstairs for a little while,” the employee said. “She left pretty quickly, though, as she made it big in a hurry.”
The duo of Stiller and Meara also honed their comic timing at the landmark.
While Rose’s Turn is closing, its sister bar Don’t Tell Mama in Times Square will remain open. Nevertheless, it will be an emotional last few days for many.
“Its going to be a pretty sad week,” the employee said.