Coogan's Grill

Photo: Coogan’s Grill.

The most recognized bar and restaurant among runners in North America is closing in May.

Coogan’s, as reported on Monday in the New York Times, will shut its doors this spring after more than 30 years in business. The New York City establishment is particularly famous around the time of the NYRR Millrose Games as it’s steps from the Armory, a world-class 200m indoor track facility.

In the NYT story, the owners reveal that the monthly rent for the current location, in Washington Heights, is set to increase by US$40,000 per month once their lease expires. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital owns the space. “That’s not remotely doable,” says David Hunt, one of three Coogan’s partners. “Right now, we are paying all our bills every week, and that’s about it.”

Coogan’s is filled with historical track and field memorabilia and some of the most famous names in running have been through the bar. Desserts have been named after runners to honour memorable performances including those of Alan Webb and Drew Hunter, two sub-4:00 milers in high school.

The Times reports that Coogan’s, which displays a sign that reads “America’s #1 Runners Restaurant,” employs upwards of 40 people.

Canadians Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Gabriela Stafford and Nicole Sifuentes are entered in the Wanamaker Mile, the most prestigious of the NYRR Millrose Games races. The event is scheduled for Feb. 3.

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