After 20 years dishing out Southern-tinged comfort food on the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Driggs, Greenpoint mainstay Enid's announced today that it will be closing at the end of March. "We've made so many friends, have so many stories to tell, and it has been our pleasure," they wrote. Their last day will be March 31st.
"We've been here 20 years, a lot of us who work here have been here over a decade, and we've done our thing—it's time to make some room for new pioneers," manager Andy Siebert, who has worked at Enid's for 11 years, told Gothamist. He added that he was told by the owners that the closure has nothing to do with rent increases or any outside forces: "I know the neighborhood with be devastated, but we're all ready for it too. I feel like we've served our purpose in the neighborhood. It's time to do something else."
In the Instagram announcement, they wrote:
We hope that you'll celebrate these next two months.
"Dance" all night on Friday
Have some mimosas (and so many glasses of orange juice that we can't even believe it) at brunch on Saturday
Do something illegal with the barback in the bathroom that night
Drink too many frozen Harrisons the next day (Sunday)
While eating pancakes, bacon and bloody marys marvel at how different enids brunch is from club enids
During the week, come in for lunch (before work) or happy hour (after work) and tell us all about it
Have a kid (better change the laws of biology quick) & bring them in for their first lemon slice
Teach them how to talk and say “I love those enids pickles” or “I’ll have two beers” (actually happened)
Make an apple pie (great again)
Cut some snowflakes for the dining room shaped snow globe
You don’t have to remember how you got home...
but we hope you’ll remember that you were here.
We will !!!
In my mind, Enid's was always intrinsically tied to Matchless, the bar/venue that used to reside across the street from it on Manhattan Ave (it closed almost exactly a year ago). They were both wonderful, unpretentious neighborhood haunts filled with a cast of familiar locals. As my colleague Paula Mejia put it, "RIP Enid's! I've always loved how dark it is in there. A haunt for running into people you haven't seen in ages." You can see some more reactions to the closure news below:
This is some serious end of an era shit. My first day living in Brooklyn I went and met with friends at Enid's. https://t.co/aixzGdR9sd
— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) January 31, 2019
there are bigger worries about living in NY, but the death of the decent-enough neighborhood restaurant, replaced by fast-casual or New American spots with built-in expiration dates, seems bad
— Michael Lieberman (@michaelagrammar) January 31, 2019
The rootbeer bourbon cocktails and the mac and cheese were A++. RIP. https://t.co/KXXXc0fM6f
— Michael Tedder (@mtedder) January 31, 2019
Best pancakes in Greenpoint. Good drinks. Totally unpretentious. Enid's closing is really sad! https://t.co/b531Qu9xas
— Angela Lashbrook (@lemonsand) January 31, 2019
To be honest i can’t believe Enid’s lasted this long
— FLAMINGO ACID (@JubileeDJ) January 31, 2019