24. Chumley’s (Originally opened 1922, most recently reopened 2016)
Another famed New York City establishment, Chumley’s, has seemingly shuttered. This historic bar and restaurant originally opened as a Greenwich Village speakeasy in 1922. The eatery was most recently renovated and re-opened in 2016. For the past few months, as noted on their website, Chumley’s had been temporarily closed to comply with orders that shut down New York City bars and restaurants. Yet as New York City’s lockdown lifts, Chumley’s doors may remain closed permanently.
Founder Leland Chumley, who considered himself a writer, attracted the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and J.D. Salinger to his bar. Fitzgerald even had a favorite table, table 26.
Swanky leather booth benches, green bar stools, kitchen equipment, and literary memorabilia from inside Chumley’s were put up for auction with A. J. Wilner Auctions, but the auction was canceled Monday, July 29th. As of publication, representatives fro Chumley’s have not yet responded to our request for comment, and the future of the establishment remains unclear.