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Elaine’s, the Famous Eatery, Will Close After 47 Years
www.showbiz411.com ^ | 05/17/11 12:27pm | Roger Friedman

Posted on 05/17/2011 11:04:27 AM PDT by Red Badger

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Elaine’s, the Famous Eatery, Will Close After 47 Years Elaine’s, the Famous Eatery, Will Close After 47 Years 420x316-alg_elaine_kaufman4 05/17/11 12:27pm Roger Friedman 0

I am sad to report that Elaine’s will close next Thursday after 47 years. Diane Becker, the manager who inherited the restaurant from my dear friend, Elaine Kaufman, called to give me the news this afternoon. Facing a long summer, Diane felt that she couldn’t make it without Elaine sitting in the dining room, greeting guests and friends every night. The closing will be a blow to the regulars, to the past customers, to the neighborhood on the way upper East Side. But restaurants so identified with their owners never survive for long without them. Toots Shor’s is a case in point. The ’21 Club’ goes on, but no one is really identified with it anymore. For the next week, Elaine’s will be like another sitting shivah– Elaine died on December 3rd. In three weeks, I will celebrate my own birthday for the first time in fifteen years somewhere else. Elaine’s now becomes an official part of New York history and lore, never ever to be forgotten.

PS A memorial service for Elaine was being planned and still is for late June. Details to come.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: americana; billyjoel; icon; restaurant

1 posted on 05/17/2011 11:04:30 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Big Shot
Artist(Band):Billy Joel

Well, you went uptown ridin’ in your limousine
With your fine Park Avenue clothes
You had the Dom Perignon in your hand
And the spoon up your nose
Ooh, and when you wake up in the mornin’
With your head on fire
And your eyes too bloody to see
Go on and cry in your coffee
But don’t come bitchin’ to me

Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
You had to open up your mouth
You had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
You know what everything’s about
You had to have a white hot spotlight
You had to be a big shot last night

And they were all impressed with your Halston dress
And the people that you knew at Elaine’s
And the story of your latest success
You kept ‘em so entertained
But now you just don’t remember
All the things you said
And you’re not sure that you want to know
I’ll give you one hint, honey
You sure did put on a show

Yes, yes, you had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
You had to prove it to the crowd
You had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
You’re so much fun to be around
You had to have the front page, bold type
You had to be a big shot last night, Oh oh

Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa who-oo-oo-oo-ah,
Oh Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa.

Well, it’s no big sin to stick your two cents in
If you know when to leave it alone
But you went over the line
You couldn’t see it was time to go home
No, no, no, no, no, no

You had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
You had to open up your mouth
You had to be a big shot, didn’t cha
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
So much fun to be around
(LIVE VERSION ON 3RD CHORUS ONLY: “You know what everything’s about”)
You had to have the white hot spotlight
You had to be a big shot last night, Oh oh

Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa.

Big shot … Big shot … Big shot … Mmmm … Big shot … Whoa whoa!
Big shot …


2 posted on 05/17/2011 11:05:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

Beat me to it.


3 posted on 05/17/2011 11:08:19 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

To what?..........


4 posted on 05/17/2011 11:09:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

Sic transit gloria. :(


5 posted on 05/17/2011 11:10:09 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (America is in dire distress and nobody is lifting a finger except to strike the keyboard.)
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To: Red Badger

Somehow, just SOMEHOW I think my neighborhood will survive the closure of the way overpriced, elitist establishment. Hopefully another Irish bar will open up in it’s place where my friends and I can play beer-pong.


6 posted on 05/17/2011 11:13:10 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Gloria got sic at Elaine’s?.....


7 posted on 05/17/2011 11:13:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

I ate there a couple of times, food was good, but tab was high.


8 posted on 05/17/2011 11:15:28 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: thefactor

Or a good Chinese Take-Out................


9 posted on 05/17/2011 11:16:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: thefactor

What you said.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 11:16:42 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Red Badger

Are you saying that Elaine’s, the famous eatery, will close after 47 years?


11 posted on 05/17/2011 11:17:42 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Joann37

No, I’m saying that Elaine’s, the famous eatery, will close after 47 years.............


12 posted on 05/17/2011 11:19:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: razorback-bert

Ambiance is expensive................


13 posted on 05/17/2011 11:20:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
Sic transit gloria mundi.

Gloria barfed on the subway yesterday?

14 posted on 05/17/2011 11:21:03 AM PDT by reg45
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To: Red Badger

Looks like Stone Barrington and Dino are about to go on diets.


15 posted on 05/17/2011 11:22:08 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Red Badger

Big deal.

Toots Schorr’s, Jack Dempsey’s, and Sparks is gone too.

They had much better food, and Spark’s was where Big Paulie Castellano got it.......


16 posted on 05/17/2011 11:43:36 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: Red Badger
IF’n they don't serve grits I won't miss em. . . .
17 posted on 05/17/2011 11:45:04 AM PDT by DeaconRed (ZERO: Name all 57 States. You can cheat and use the teleprompter. I'll bet 50 is all U can name.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

All things must come to an end...........


18 posted on 05/17/2011 11:46:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Dahoser

Yeah, where *are* they gonna eat? Opening a book with the line “Applebees, late” just doesn’t have the same ring to it...

Okay, maybe “Ruths Chris, late.”


19 posted on 05/17/2011 11:46:45 AM PDT by Mugwump
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To: Red Badger

That song is the only reason that I ever even heard of Elaine’s.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 11:47:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

Couldn’t get an Obamacare waiver??


21 posted on 05/17/2011 11:49:23 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (One Big Awful Marxist America)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Toots Schorr’s, Jack Dempsey’s, and Sparks is gone too. They had much better food, and Spark’s was where Big Paulie Castellano got it.....

What about Louis' Restaurant in the Bronx, small family place, good food, everyone minds his business....they got an old-fashioned toilet.

22 posted on 05/17/2011 11:50:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FreedomGuru

In Liberal Promised Land of NYC???????..................


23 posted on 05/17/2011 11:56:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Voter#537

You probably could get grits at Elaine’s..............for $49.99 a serving...........


24 posted on 05/17/2011 11:59:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: dfwgator

I read about it in Playboy once................you know I only read it for the articles..............


25 posted on 05/17/2011 12:01:22 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger
grits at Elaine’s..............for $49.99 a serving......

"Were these magic grits? I mean, did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?!"

26 posted on 05/17/2011 12:01:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dahoser

True! Wonder how Woods will work this into his books or will Elaine’s continue on.....


27 posted on 05/17/2011 12:05:00 PM PDT by texson66 ("Mr Obama, tear down this wall of bureaucratic opression of freedom!")
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To: dfwgator

http://movieclips.com/Z4VDx-my-cousin-vinny-movie-magic-grits/


28 posted on 05/17/2011 12:06:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

“Elaine’s, the famous eatery, will close after 47 years”

Thanks for the warning! I’ve still got time to make it there. ;~)


29 posted on 05/17/2011 12:36:28 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: Red Badger
Meanwhile.. Ruth's Chris is 45 and Going strong.. Bon appetit!


30 posted on 05/17/2011 12:42:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Red Badger
"You probably could get grits at Elaine’s..............for $49.99 a serving..........."

They must be next door to the $3,000.00 Room.
$49.99 Grits, that's a lifetime supply at my hometown. . . . . Dixie, Alabama

31 posted on 05/17/2011 12:53:37 PM PDT by DeaconRed (ZERO: Name all 57 States. You can cheat and use the teleprompter. I'll bet 50 is all U can name.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

I had dinner at Sparks a few weeks ago. Steak was a tad salty but the entire meal was delicious.


32 posted on 05/17/2011 12:58:58 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Mugwump

Ate at Elaine’s several times when I lived in NYC and wasn’t overly impressed, but LOVE Ruth’s Chris.


33 posted on 05/17/2011 1:01:08 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Red Badger

That’s how rumors get started. Was it Steinem or Alred?


34 posted on 05/17/2011 3:59:43 PM PDT by all the best
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To: all the best

Vanderbilt................


35 posted on 05/18/2011 5:29:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Voter#537

Oh, I wish I was in Dixie............oh, wait....I AM!................


36 posted on 05/18/2011 5:30:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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