After nearly 28 years, Coyote Ugly — the famed dive bar that inspired a movie of the same name — will shut its doors in the East Village forever, CEO and founder Liliana Lovell announced.
“After sitting closed for six months due to COVID restrictions, we simply can’t afford to pay rent,” she said in a video posted Saturday. Lovell, 52, also posted photos of the empty bar on First Avenue and 10th Street after packing it up on Monday. “This is hard and life is not easy sometimes,” she added in the video.
In a statement to The Post, she reiterated that they “simply cannot continue to pay the rent.”
“I want to thank all of the former employees, customers, friends, and family that made that little bar so very special,” she said, pointing to a tribute video. “I celebrated so many memorable milestones within those walls. The bar — and you — will forever be a part of who I am.”
During a July interview with The Post, San Diego-based Lovell alluded to some issues amid the citywide coronavirus shutdown.
“I don’t know when the New York bar is going to open,” she said at the time, noting that the bar had been closed for almost five months at that moment — since March 15. “It’s been weird with the pandemic, because it’s like starting from zero again. Redoing insurance, working with employees, renegotiating leases. It reminded me of the beginning.”
But for Coyote Ugly, which now has 29 locations across the globe, there will be a new beginning.
In the video, Lovell, who opened the original location by saving up bartending tips, noted that there would be another Coyote Ugly bar opening in New York City with “better bathrooms” and “a little bit nicer.”
She confirmed to The Post there would be a new location but declined to share the address.
The movie, which Lovell has openly admitted she despises, celebrated its 20th anniversary in August.
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