They couldn’t get a new lease
Pour one out for Mayahuel, the tequila and mezcal-centric cocktail bar from restaurateur Ravi DeRossi that’s been in the East Village (304 East 6th Street) since 2009 that’s closing August 8.
DeRossi said that the lease has ended and the landlord did not want to renew. “There will never be a greater honor than having been able to welcome you into our home, share our passion for agave with you, and create and share so many incredible memories,” a note from the bar’s team says.
Mayahuel was one of several DeRossi businesses in the East Village that celebrate cocktail culture. It’s also a bar that helped make concentration on a single liquor a trendy thing across the city. When it first opened, agave liquors were often relegated largely to margaritas, and Mayahuel and Philip Ward of Death & Co. convinced people that it shouldn’t be. In a review in 2009, the Times said it “may be the world’s first tequila bar with a hypothesis — not a theme, like Spring Break Forever or That Night in Cabo, but an actual theory to be argued and defended.”
Here’s the full copy of the note.
To our Family, Friends & Fellow Agave Lovers,
It is with great sadness that we inform you Mayahuel will be closing her doors for good on August 8th, 2017.
Our lease has come to an end, and renewing was not an option.
There will never be a greater honor than having been able to welcome you into our home, share our passion for agave with you, and create and share so many incredible memories.
Between now and August 8th, we hope to welcome you into our home a few more times to celebrate all that is Mayahuel.
With the utmost appreciation and love,
The Mayahuel Family