Soho Staple Lucky Strike Has Permanently Closed After 30 Years

by Stephanie Maida · April 16, 2020

    With increased rent prices already ravaging the restaurant scene, the past few years have seen a slew of shutterings of some of our favorite New York staples. Now, the coronavirus crisis is keeping eateries closed, so we're bound to have to say goodbye to even more beloved institutions. 

    The latest restaurant casualty is unfortunately Keith McNally's Soho hot spot Lucky Strike. The chill, French-flavored bistro that's served as a cool kid hang for over 30 years, predating McNally's similar spots, Balthazar and Pastis, halted takeout and delivery service on March 22nd. This week, McNally has confirmed that it's shutting down for good.

    In a statement to Eater, the restaurateur explained, "Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I was unable to find a way to make Lucky Strike work financially. This decision was particularly difficult since many of Lucky Strike’s wonderful staff have worked for me for over 20 years, and some of the customers have been coming since the day we opened: 31 years ago."

    Needless to say, the news has been devastating for everyone who's ever enjoyed fries and espresso martinis at one of their rickety wooden tables, and tributes have poured in via Instagram. 

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    ugh where do I even begin🥺 Lucky Strike has been such a huge part of my life in nyc. It’s been my cliché, quintessential neighborhood staple. What started as a job in college, turned into my home away from home after graduating. Where the staff who began as coworkers became an extended family to me. I’ve laughed until I peed, and cried so many tears (good and bad) at those tiny, rickety, wooden tables, and I can’t believe I won’t get the chance to again. The music, the spicy rigatoni, the jalapeño guava margaritas (made perfect every time by @jcsr.1107), the espresso martinis (@drizzy_dr3 ‘s speciality), the best french fries in the city, and the berry cheesecake. I know this all sounds corny, but it was such a special place that meant so much to so many people, and my heart is broken that it’s closing. As @arianaashley put perfectly: “I fell in love with my best friends here.” So here’s a small tribute of some of my favorite mems. The first blurry pic was taken on my first day as a server on a 98 degree summer day in July 2016. The rest have been taken along the way with some of my fav people in the world. Love you longtime, Lucky. You’ll be missed❤️
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    Had to post this again in honor of Lucky Strike closing. What a part of our lives 😔 @melanievesey @stretcharmstrong @normskibop #oldnewyork
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