I got word yesterday via EV Grieve that Silver Spurs on the northwest corner of East 9th and Broadway is closing its doors for good tomorrow. TOMORROW!
Without giving away my exact location, suffice it to say that Silver Spurs is what I'd consider my "local," although if truth be told, you're more likely to find me ordering delivery from Cozy Soup & Burg down a few blocks on Broadway. The burgers at Silver Spurs are just too unwieldy, and I'm never been a fan of their fries.
That said, I was truly crestfallen to hear of its impending demise, especially in the wake of the closing of the University Diner on 12th street (now an upscale-but-probably-struggling European "fine foods" emporium).
While I always preferred University Diner back in the day, I did go to Silver Spurs on the regular. I vividly remember dining there in 1997 or so, and sitting in the window with a copy of the N.M.E., reading about then-favorite Britpop bands like Kula Shaker (forgive me) and Mansun. When my kids were born, Silver Spurs became more of a go-to spot for us.
In any case, as of tomorrow, it's gone. Apart from the afore-cited Cozy Soup & Burg, there are now precious few places in my neighborhood to get a burger or a grilled cheese on the cheap. What's up with that?
Almost as if he planned it, the great Gregoire Alessandrini of New York City 1990s just put up a new post wherein he showcases several since-vanished NYC diners of old, notably the Lost Diner, the River Diner (where that scene in "After Hours" was shot), the great Cheyenne Diner in Hell's Kitchen, the Great Jones Diner (below -- which I spoke about here), the Moondance Diner (which I've written about a couple of times), the fabled Market Diner (former hangout of the infamous Westies and fleetingly later a disco called Big City Diner in the early 90s) and much more. Check it out. It's entirely awesome.