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After nearly 26 years, Three of Cups is closing on 1st Avenue; Emmy Squared next?


Anthony Barile, an owner of Three of Cups, which opened on First Avenue at Fifth Street in December 1992, announced on Facebook last night that the pizzeria and Italian restaurant — along with the Three of Cups Lounge — will close after service on April 1.

The day has come where I must share the sad news that Three of Cups will be closing. I’ve thought often about what I might say when this day came and each time I pushed the thought from my head, but here we are.

The reasons are many that we are at this moment, with all of them meaning that I can’t sustain it any longer. It’s the end of the longest thing I’ve continuously been involved with, almost 1/2 my life, nearly 26 years.

My wife worked here before we were married, my children grew up playing here and my son has worked here with me for the last two years. Three of Cups is a big part of our home and lives.

I am thankful to all the fine people that have worked with us to make it happen everyday, without them it never would have. There are too many to list here, but if you know Three of Cups, you know them too. I wish them the best of what life has to offer.

Our customers are the best, so many loyal souls over so many years. Without you we’re obviously not here all these years. Our staff and customers made Three of Cups what it was.

Three of Cups has always been a home for the unique souls of the East Village.

I’ve learned so much from all these people; staff and customers alike, and I’m grateful I had that opportunity.

So many fun, heartwarming and crazy times shared with friends, family, customers and staff! It’s the end of an era and it will all be greatly missed.

I want to acknowledge my long time partner and dear friend, Santo Fazio who all those years ago brought me along for this crazy trip, I love him for that.

Please come by before we close the doors for good, we’ll share a drink and toast to the good times. Our last day will be Sunday, April 1.

Last June, Three of Cups posted news that they had secured a new lease.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the owners of Emmy Squared were on the CB3-SLA docket for a new liquor license for the Three of Cups space. (A PDF of their questionnaire is here.) A CB3 flyer had been posted in the window…

Eater reported in December that Emmy Squared, the Williamsburg pizzeria serving Detroit-style pizza, was taking over the GG’s space on Fifth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. It’s not clear if the Emmy team will still be taking this space, which remains dormant since GG’s closed on Dec. 23.

Back on First Avenue, the retail condominium space at No. 83-85 had been on the market for $5.4 million.

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