20Twenty Has Closed

Over the weekend, I was walking down Warren when I heard a patron ask the doorman at 20Twenty* if it was true that [mumble mutter grumble] moving. “Yeah, to the Bronx,” he said. I wasn’t sure whether he was talking about the restaurant/bar/nightclub or himself, and I was running late, so I didn’t stop to ask. I called today at 11:30 a.m., when 20Twenty usually opens, but I got a recording saying the mailbox wasn’t taking messages. So I made a point to pop by just now, and sure enough, the place was being emptied out and there’s a “for lease” sign up.

I always wanted to throw a party there—I like my venues a little unexpected, and I’ve been known to dance—but I never got around to it. And now another funky slice of Tribeca is gone.

The basement was being marketed as for rent, but that signage is gone, so perhaps the owner is trying to lease them to one tenant. It’s vented, so we’ll likely get a restaurant; then again, we might get a bar, although the midblock location would mean Community Board 1 would insist on no liquor served after 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. (It’s hard to imagine CB1 approving another cabaret license for that location, but stranger things have happened.)

The location (20 Warren) strikes me as prime: Warren has become an east/west thoroughfare, with the 4/5/6 trains and Brooklyn Bridge at one end and the Whole Foods, Battery Park City, Goldman Sachs, and Brookfield Place at the other (especially for anyone wanting to avoid the Chambers Street chaos). But this block of Warren has resisted the same gentrification you see further west. We’ll have to see how it plays out….

* The website says both Club 20/20 and Twenty 20, but the signage says 20Twenty, so I’m going with that. Although if I’m feeling nostalgic I’ll refer to it as 20 Veinte, as it used to be known.

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