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September 25, 2009

What's going on at Porter's?

Yesterday afternoon, I heard a rumor that Porter's, the popular neighborhood bar on Riverside Avenue, was closed. I called the place, got the answering machine, but thought nothing of it.

That is, until last night, when I was driving by Porter's and saw the lights out and the blinds drawn. Anybody know what's going on there?

Is it closed? If so, is it closed temporarily or permanently?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I don't know, Sam, but when I was driving by, "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg came on the radio and I wept openly.

Talked to Joe (the owner) a few weeks ago. They are currently renovating the bar; knocking down the middle wall and opening up the place. Should be done in a few days.

@Dan - Good! I always thought the bar area was too cramped. The dining area behind it felt too isolated sometimes.

Just a rumor, but I heard the place has actually closed for good. I know the renovations were planned, but then I believe the landlord got in the way. That precipitated the owner deciding to just close the place down instead of fighting about it anymore.

I heard exactly what Peter heard. Shame.

I've seen the place has been up for sale for 400k to 500k before. Links are all gone now.

Joe closed it down? Again? I'm shocked! Not really. He sold off a few items (TVs and such) last week, telling everyone he was getting new ones, but as the week progressed they began to run out of things and I pretty much figured it was the end. Again. Hopefully someone buys it and reopens soon.

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