The one and only Elaine’s will close at the end of the month .New York is losing one of its old school nightlife landmarks. At nearly six months after the death restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, her eponymously named Upper East Side restaurant will close its doors forever on May 26, the eatery’s manager announced today.
Elaine’s longtime manager who inherited the restaurant last year after Elaine’s death Diane Becker told the NY Post ,“This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make, but the truth is, there is no Elaine’s without Elaine,”
Kaufman died at age 81 on Dec. 3, 2010, following a bout with hypertension and emphysema. Becker said a memorial service for Kaufman is being planned for next month.
Since 1963, Kaufman presided over Elaine’s, creating a welcome home for A-list celebrities, syndicated columnists, artists, cops and up-and-comers, and writers especially writers which included Kurt Vonnegut, George Plimpton, Norman Mailer and Gay Talese.
Kaufman’s came from humble roots . Born in the Bronx in 1929, raised in Queens, worked day and night as a waitress before putting her life savings into a building on 88th Street and Second Avenue and opening of coarse opening Elaine’s.
Becker went on to say that she was “enormously proud of the waiters, the bartenders and the entire staff who have worked so hard with me to keep the place open and going” since Kaufman’s death , but “The business is just not there without Elaine,”