Another venue spent New Year’s Eve saying their last goodbyes to regulars and anyone else with a drink in their hand. For the last few years, Cake Shop was running on borrowed time. Back in 2012, when the gritty bitty Lower East Side venue’s Ludlow Street neighbor, The Living Room, closed up shop after more than 15 years in business, it seemed like it was only a matter of time.
That year, Cake Shop launched a fundraising campaign to help them land a ten-year lease and, ostensibly, keep them around for a good long while: “We can’t tell you how grateful we are to everyone for their support,” the venue announced. “Now we can square up with our landlord and sign a new 10 year lease to keep the music going on the Lower East Side.”
But their financial troubles continued. In 2015, when Cake Shop was celebrating a decade in business, they announced a plan to bring in some extra cash by leasing out their upstairs space–a makeout-ready lounge area and liquor-stocked waiting room of sorts where bands and show-goers mingled before the music started and between sets. This never came to pass, but it seemed like the venue must have worked something out. Unfortunately, that proved untrue when Cake Shop announced early in December that New Year’s Eve would be there last.
Our Polaroid Photog in Chief, Nick McManus was there on the final night, and captured some of the last hours of the venue’s existence. RIP Cake Shop.