Original Coyote Ugly Saloon Permanently Closes Doors

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After just under 28 years in business, the original Coyote Ugly Saloon said it will be closing its doors for good as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Goodbye Coyote Ugly NYC ! In my heart forever !

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The original Coyote Ugly Saloon officially opened its doors in New York on January 27, 1993. Founded by Lil Lovell who is now the CEO, the place quickly became popular for its rowdy atmosphere and beautiful bartenders who would dance on top of the bars and yell at customers. The bar did so well that it inspired the 2001 movie Coyote Ugly. After the success of the film, 14 locations were opened across the country. Coyote Ugly also has bars in Russia, Germany, Japan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and the United Kingdom, with eyes set on Canada and Mexico.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the original Coyote Ugly Saloon in East Village has closed its doors for good. Lovell said that because of the pandemic, she couldn’t afford to pay the rent any longer after not being open the past six months.

Lovell announced the news via social media saying,

“After sitting closed for six months due to COVID restrictions, we simply can’t afford to pay the rent. Some of my most treasured memories come from that bar.”

Even with the disappointing news, Lovell raised a glass of wine and toasted to “the next Coyote Ugly New York City.” While she didn’t mention where or when the new location would open she promised that it would be nicer.

Watch Lovell’s statement in the video below.

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