UPPER EAST SIDE — After several weeks of negotiations with its landlord, the owners of beloved dive bar Subway Inn announced that they secured a new location nearby and that the current spot will close permanently on December 2.
The Inn's owners found a new location on 60th Street and Second Avenue, just two avenues away from their current location at 143 E. 60th Street, according to the bar’s Facebook page.
“We are happy to have reached an amicable agreement,” said Steven Salinas, son of the bar's owners, in a joint press release with The World Wide Group, which owns the building.
The Salinas family, who owns the 77 year-old tavern, plans to create an exact replica of the current Subway Inn at the new location, the post read.
“(We) have put the right team in place to make certain that every piece of furniture, including our famous neon signs, the current bar, every bar stool, even the original bar booths—(that Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio sat in) will make their way a stone’s throw down 60th Street and be set back up exactly as you see it today,” the family wrote on Facebook.
The owners also said that their prices would not change.
Subway Inn, known for its cheap beers and down-to-earth service, will remain open until December 2, Steven Salinas said, adding the relocation would then take approximately 10 weeks.
The Salinas family had recently launched a “Save Subway Inn" campaign after the World-Wide Group refused to renew the lease and asked them to vacate by Aug. 20. The bar owners also raised money to fight their case in court. Their lawyers argued that the landlord’s stipulation and eviction warrant had technical deficiencies.