Arlene’s Grocery on ‘Life Support,’ Closing February 1
With live music in total freefall for the pandemic-fueled duration, performance venues are barely hanging on. Here on the Lower East Side, iconic rock venue Arlene’s Grocery is officially on the endangered list.
The establishment at 85 Stanton Street made a serious public appeal over the Thanksgiving weekend in an attempt to try and stave off closure.
“After 25 years serving the Lower East Side, and giving a platform for musicians and artist alike, Arlene’s Grocery is on life support,” ownership wrote on Instagram. “Without any aid we will not be able to continue to serve our community.”
The Instagram announcement also cited a tentative closing date of February 1 if emergency aid is not secured.
Arlene’s Grocery opened its doors back in 1995, taking its name from the previous incarnation as a neighborhood bodega and butcher. It’s been a stepping stone for artists like Jeff Buckley, The Strokes, Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, and even Lady Gaga, while still maintaining a strong emerging artist presence.