Tuesday brought the week's most earth-shattering article, laying out some coming changes to one of the greatest dive bars in the world, O'Connor's, on Fifth between Dergen and Dean. Owner Mike Maher described the new back room, which will feature a kitchen, as well as a large upstairs room, featuring an outdoor beer garden. While the front room will remain largely intact (aside from the addition of taps for the beer), big changes are certainly a'comin.
Wednesday morning saw great local pub Harry Bolands, on Ninth Street just west of Fifth, shuttered by the city over nonpayment of taxes. They're still closed, so hopefully they can resolve their issues and get the hell back up and running, like Scalino did last weekend. Pearle Vision also bought out Infinity Optometry, on Seventh and Union, and installed their signage on Wednesday.
On Thursday, word got around that the un-named Swedish coffee shop on Fifth between Degraw and Sackett finally got a name along with a paint job, and had also opened up a second outpost on the Lower East Side. The name? Konditori. A sign also went up confirming the sad fact that The Soup Bowl will be closing down for the season at the end of February, and Uncle Louie G will be moving back into the tiny space on Seventh just north of Ninth Street. Stock up now!
Last but certainly not least, today brought confirmation that the classic old rotary phone booth that's held down the back corner of O'Connor's for over 70 years will not be going anywhere when they renovate. Maher told me, in his thick Irish brogue, "It ain't goin' nowhere! If I lay a finger on it my wife will divorce me!" See, it pays to have a wife who's into old phone booths!