Rodeo Bar to become Gem Saloon in October

Kips Bay Corner

Back in January Kips Bay Corner first broke the news that the Rodeo Bar has new owners. Derek Kiernans owner of the East Village’s Phebe’s and the Penny Farthing has taken over the spot. According to the Coney Island Blog editor; Michael Quinn, who owns an apartment nearby said it looks like they decided to do a complete makeover. All week everything that was in that bar has been cleared out and trashed.

The Gem Saloon, a bar and restaurant will be taking over the Rodeo Bar space this October. Word on the street is that it’s going to be reopened as an Irish pub; however, if it’s named after the landmarked 1917 Gem Saloon in Montana, it may be keeping within the honky tonk theme of the Rodeo Bar. This week we witnessed walls being taken down inside the E.27th st. corner building. The owners which include former NBA star Steve Nash will not be bringing live music to the once popular spot.

Here’s a peek inside the space currently under construction.


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