Feb. 1, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Enid’s, the Greenpoint favorite that opened its doors 20 years ago, will soon be closing them for the last time.
The restaurant and bar, located at 560 Manhattan Ave., will be closing up shop for good on March 31, according to an announcement made by the local watering hole yesterday.
“THANK YOU! For being here with us for the last 20 years,” reads a Jan. 31 Instagram post by the restaurant. “We couldn’t have done it without you. We’ve made so many friends, have so many stories to tell and it has been our pleasure.”
Enid’s was known for its transformative atmosphere–going from a family-friendly restaurant space during the day to hosting energetic and lively club nights.
Patrons of the bar reacted with shock and dismay to the loss of the neighborhood fixture. Many took to Instagram to share their experiences at Enid’s, remembering the friendships and relationships formed among other fond memories at the bar.
“So many years off my life lost after hours there and I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” one commenter wrote under the post, which has nearly 830 likes as of press time. “Thanks for the memories.”
The restaurant’s owners were unavailable for comment when reached by the Greenpoint Post.
With the neighborhood rapidly changing and rent prices skyrocketing in Greenpoint, many began to blame the closure on gentrification.
The team behind Enid’s, however, says this is not the case.
“We’ve been here 20 years, a lot of us who work here have been here over a decade, and we’ve done our thing—it’s time to make some room for new pioneers,” Andy Siebert, the restaurant’s manager, said to Gothamist. “I know the neighborhood will be devastated, but we’re all ready for it too. I feel like we’ve served our purpose in the neighborhood. It’s time to do something else.”
Concerns about what would eventually replace the long-standing bar were also raised by neighborhood residents, with some worried that a pharmacy or chain store might take over.
“What will go in? Lululemon?” one commenter wrote on Instagram.
In their post, Enid’s invited its patrons to come celebrate with them in their final weeks of service and to come enjoy lunch, brunch, dessert or just “drink too many frozen Harrisons.”