CBGB’s was a legendary punk rock music club in New York’s East Village that opened in the 1970s. It ultimately shut down after a rent dispute and lease non-renewal in 2005.
It was an important stop for the B-52’s, Blondie, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and the Talking Heads.
One of the most important music venues in Manhattan, it’s been recognized by musical pioneers in their best known works. The bassist for Guns ‘n Roses wears a CBGB t-shirt in the Sweet Child o’ Mine video and Green Day’s drummer wears one in the video for Welcome to Paradise.
Perhaps a bit less authentic (cough), we learn in Sex and the City 2 that Samantha was working as a bartender at CBGB when she first met Carrie Bradshaw.
Here are the Ramones, live at CBGB’s, in 1977.
Just like the original CBGB, there are iPads for ordering, a flatscreen TV showing a sports match, stained glass, your Aunt Cindy from Flensburg, MN, a dark faux-brick facade, Togarashi-Seared Tuna served with a seaweed salad ($16), and a pillar with wallpaper depicting graffiti tags on it.
It’s just opened, and I haven’t eaten there yet. But you can have a bacon cheeseburger or turkey club while waiting for your United flight as you reminisce on the rebellious musical days you may never have been a part of.
Some would call this taking “our memories [and] merchandizing them back to us at a significant mark-up” while I just figure it’s anything anyone can do to make us forget that airport restaurants are almost invariably and necessarily awful.
As the exclusive airline tenant in terminal C, United Airlines almost certainly gets a cut of all concessions revenue. So far from Gershwin, United too now has a stake in a piece of punk rock’s past.