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Jul 9, 2007 07:29 AM

The All State Cafe slated to be shut down

The Upper West Side will never be the same! This place is a staple - with a customers like "Cheers" and the best burgers and fried chicken in the area.
I just found out that the landlord is hiking up the rents so high that they can't keep it going anymore. Since 1969!
Any other fans out there? Does anyone have ideas for how we could help?
They have a petition running at the bar too...

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  1. Huge fan of the All State, will be sad to see it go! Any news on when they're supposed to close?

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    1. re: macncheesy

      This is disappointing. P&G Bar & Grill has a similar problem as I hear.

      1. re: macncheesy

        I was there Thursday night. They say there is a court hearing on Tuesday (14AUG07) and they're hoping for the best.

      2. What a bummer. Just a great spot here in the neighborhood. I will have to load up on burgers and all state amber ale this summer!

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        1. re: harrison

          The All State is set to be closed on the 13th of this month. This Friday! Terrible! Go this week if you can to get your fix and sign the petition. Not sure how much good it will do - but it's something!

          Just makes me sad that so many neighborhoods in Manhattan are loosing their authenticity... And that this is how the people who have worked so hard to keep a small, popular, business afloat for so long get thanked.

        2. Disaster! One of the last of the true neighborhood snuggeries. And where else can normal people afford to eat? When I was there on what was almost the last night, Friday the 13th, everyone was having a lovely time. Best burger in NYC to boot, and so it has been for 35-plus years. Landlords be damned for all time!

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          1. re: cloelia

            I walked by earlier today and they were still open - didn't have time to stop in and get the update.

            1. re: harrison

              I noticed they were still open on either Sat or Sun. At least I saw patrons coming out. Hope springs eternal. If only they could recommence elsewhere...I had wonderful times there in years past.

              1. re: sing me a bar

                That is sooo sad. It was the only restaurant I ever went to when I lived in that neighborhood and the staff was so lovely. What a shame....Hope it's not replaced by another Starbucks.

          2. No! No! What an awful thing to read first thing Sunday morning. I've been going to All State for more than 30 years. I used to edit manuscripts at the bar when I just didn't feel like being home alone. It's the only place I knew I could go and people would just leave me alone if I wanted to be left alone. It's where I learned how to feel comfortable having dinner by myself. It's always been my go-to for hanging out with friends and getting something decent to eat without any hassles. And where will I go for hamburgers now? Oh, this is very, very sad. Will get up there to sign the petition today. Although, with what's happening to the nabe, I don't have much faith.

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            1. re: JoanN

              Like so many of my "places" that close, I always have this unrealistic fantasy that they should be able to just move the whole operation to another location with a more forgiving rent. Of course, it doesn't work that way. Still, I had amazing nights at the All State and some great writers drank there. I wonder if there is any talk of regrouping elsewhere....

            2. This will be a great loss to the neighborhood. I've celebrated many events at the All State, and always enjoyed the good chow and friendly atmosphere. The weekend brunchs were always good. I just talked to them on the phone and they're still open, as of August 17. I'm going to eat there tonight!