New York punk club CBGB to reopen as airport restaurant

Disco fries and birthday cake feature on the menu, which pays homage to legendary venue

Legendary New York punk club CBGB is set to reopen as a restaurant at a New York airport.

The venue, which closed in 2006, saw the likes of the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television and Talking Heads all play gigs in the early part of their career. It originally opened in December 1973 by Hilly Kristal, whose intention was for the club to feature country, bluegrass and blues artists after the club’s initials.

The club quickly became a breeding ground for New York’s punk and new wave scene. On its closing night on October 17th, 2006, Patti Smith’s band played the venue’s final concert.

Now it is set to be rechristened the CBGB LAB (Lounge and Bar) and will serve “American fare in a fun environment recalling the legendary music venue”, at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. It will be helmed by chef Harold Moore, who runs the upscale New York City eatery Commerce.

CBGB LAB will serve everything from $9.00 Disco Fries to a $42.00 Prime Rib, according to a menu posted on Twitter by New Jersey radio station WFMU (see below).

It also features Harold’s World Famous Chili on the menu, a nod to club owner Hilly Kristal’s chili concoctions. Other items the L.A.B. will offer include crispy chicken paillard, seared togarashi tuna and matzo ball soup, and birthday cake for dessert.

Kristal died in 2007, and his family became tangled in legal battles over the estate.

In 2008, clothing designer John Varvatos took over the space and turned it into a retail store.

In 2013, a movie tracing the history of the club was released, and in recent years New York has hosted a CBGB Festival, which Jane’s Addiction headlined in 2014.