Famed East Village bar Coyote Ugly closing amid COVID: 'We simply can’t afford to pay the rent'

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The Coyote Ugly bar, made famous by the 2000 film of the same name, is closing after nearly 28 years in business because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The bar’s owner and founder Liliana Lovell posted a video to YouTube over the weekend announcing the closure of the First Avenue bar, known for its dancing bartenders.

“After sitting closed for six months due to COVID restrictions, we simply can’t afford to pay the rent," Lovell said.

“Some of my most treasured memories come from that bar. It’s created a life for myself, for my son,” she added. “This is hard. And life is not easy sometimes. But I just want to say, ‘Wow, we kind of did it and we did it great.’”

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There are 14 Coyote Ugly locations across the U.S., including the one in New York City, and another 12 across the globe, according to its website. The original East Village location skyrocketed to fame after the 2000 film “Coyote Ugly” became a blockbuster hit.

Dozens of bars and restaurants across the city have closed for good amid the pandemic and related restrictions.

At the end of the video, Lovell suggested that there might be another bar in the future, making a toast “to the next Coyote Ugly New York City.”

“It’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be nicer, a little bit nicer. And it’s going to have better bathrooms,” she said.