Monday, June 11, 2012
Mickey Mantle's Restaurant Closes After 25 Years
The restaurant was filled with all kinds of Yankee memorabilia, like the jersey's of Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio hung behind glass doors, and several of Mickey's bats hung all over. Even for a Mets fan like me, I knew how significant of a place it was even if I don't really remember the food too much, I mean I think I had a hamburger the first time. Back then I wasn't much of a foodie.
25 years is a long time in the restaurant business and one has to wonder if the restaurant could have lasted longer if the Mick was still alive. Not that he was all that involved when it had opened. Mickey Mantle was not much of a business man and certainly during the 80's he spent a lot of his time drinking, so it is hard for me to imagine that he really had much to do with the place. That's not the point really.
The reasons for it's demise are not uncommon. Poor management, a decrease in customers, or a rise in costs. Last April it was reported that the restaurant was having troubles, and just last month a brief reprieve in bankruptcy court was given, but it was to no avail. So I say so long to Mickey Mantle's, a place where I stepped into the past with my Dad who always seemed to get a bit younger every time we went.