CBGB is Now an Airport Restaurant

NYC's legendary rock club is being resurrected as a Newark airport restaurant, and nobody is happy about it.

It’s been nearly ten years since the undeniably legendary New York rock club CBGB, famous for being a breeding ground for punk and new wave music, put on its final show and closed its doors for good. Hilly Kristal opened the venue in 1973 to showcase country, bluegrass and blues music, but it quickly became the go-to spot for rock and roll in NYC. The venue ultimately closed in 2006 after a lengthy rent dispute, Kristal passed away the following year, and the property was bought up and transformed into a clothing retailer. But surely any rock fan would wish for a chance to go back and visit the grimy club in its heyday to see bands like The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith or the Misfits blow the roof off.

But be careful what you wish for. In the spirit of Christmas, the powers that be have decided to resurrect the famed venue. In the form of an airport restaurant.

The birthplace of NYC’s rock, folk and punk music, and the original NYC hardcore and punk rock club, is officially dead.

And yeah, maybe it isn’t such a big deal. If you don’t like it, nobody is forcing you to eat there or even acknowledge its existence. But you have to admit it’s a bit unsettling to see the corpse of punk rock being paraded around to sell “disco fries” to sad and weary airport travelers in Newark.

No word yet if the restaurant owners also plan to recreate the infamously repulsive CBGB bathroom.

Main photo via flickr