I read on another board (mouthfulsfood.com) that Mare Chiaro on Mulberry st. has closed down. This is truly awful news. For those who have never been this was a classic old timers bar in Little Italy. No tap beer, filthy damp rest rooms, 4 or 5 old neighborhood guys wearing plaid sports jackets at the bar, type of place. I loved it but hadn't visited in a few years. I hate to be the one to break the news to some boys over in the UK who spent many a drunken night at the tables.
Things were changing even 3-4 years back. Tony, who I believed was the owner, stopped sitting out front in his lawn chair and in the evenings there were more and more people from out of the neighborhood coming in and making an awful racket.
I'm guessing Tony passed away but does anyone know the real scoop? I'll miss the giant mural over the bar, I'll miss the Heinekens from the bucket and I will miss the great bloody marys...
RIP Mare Chiaro