The hip East Village nightclub-cafe hybrid unexpectedly announced its closing last week, having survived since its spring 2008 emergence. Is the location cursed?
Hardly. The demise stems, it seems, from the Janus-faced nature of the joint's character.
As the Feast smartly analyzes, the split personality of the club--which catered to a newspaper-reading weekend coffee crowd and light-night scenesters alike--may have been its undoing. The East Village Yacht Club, the space's predecessor, had a similarly bifurcated billings, as a grungy yet preppy joint.
Owners Harry Joannides and Gage Pray (who also manage Bar Six) tried to carve out a specialized niche, brewing delicious Kobricks coffee, a Hoboken delicacy, and also had a strong start by once hosting the Black Kids, once a hip band.
Ultimately, the undefined nature prevented A&E from maintaining its momentum into the new year.
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