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The Redhead Will Close This Week After 10 Years in the East Village

By Allegra Hobbs | December 14, 2016 12:12pm
 The Redhead is located at 349 E. 13th St.
The Redhead is located at 349 E. 13th St.
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EAST VILLAGE — The Redhead, a beloved 13th Street bar and restaurant twice featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," will shutter by the end of the week after a decade in the neighborhood.

The pub, which has been serving up cocktails and comfort food at 349 E. 13th St. since 2006, is currently in its final week, according to announcements posted across social media accounts.

"After an amazing 10 years in the East Village it is bittersweet to announce that this wil be our final week of service," reads the announcement, shared on the eatery's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. "Please join us as we celebrate one hell of a run."

Hundreds of diehard fans reacted to the social media posts, with many sharing their fond memories of the neighborhood mainstay and enduring love for its mouth-watering menu of Southern comfort favorites, such as buttermilk fried chicken and cheesy grits.

"Another piece of NYC's soul lost to the ages. Incredible run. I will always dream of your fried chicken, spectacular side, rolls, and cookie to go," wrote one loyal diner on the eatery's Instagram. "So many great nights, many of which turned a bad day, into a great one."

Restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri counted himself among The Redhead's many fans, featuring it twice on his Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" — once on an episode titled "Scratch Made Classics" featuring handmade goods and again in a "Best of New York" episode.

"Guy was blown away by chef Meg Grace's Homemade Pretzels With Beer Cheese," reads a Food Network summary. "For a comforting main course, try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken or Shrimp and Grits."

Social media posts announcing the closure do not specify an exact day or time of closure. Bar owners did not respond to requests for comment.