Coney Island Boardwalk: Now Freakless
If you’ve never played “Shoot the Freak” – you never will.
The new owners of Luna Park are trying to clean up the Coney Island Boardwalk, and making a more refined atmosphere. Having said that, they’re serving eviction papers to many of the boardwalk’s most famous attractions.
Zamperla USA, the new owners of the park told the following businesses that their leases were not being renewed, and they had until November 15th to vacate: Ruby’s Bar and Grill, Shoot the Freak, Cha Cha’s Bar, Gregory & Paul’s, Grill House, Coney Island Souvenirs, Gyro Corner, Beer Island and the Pio Pio Riko Peruvian food stand.
Who gets to stay?
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Nathan’s Famous, The Beach Shop and the Lola Staar Souvenir Boutique.
If you’re sad, just think of the people who own the now defunct landmarks. Melody Sarrel, owner of Ruby’s, told the New York Post, “I’m devastated”, she said. “[Zamperla] wants everything new, but that’s not what Coney Island’s about — it’s about nostalgia. People in the summer love to come in for a drink in their bikinis and bathing suits. It won’t be the same when they’re told to dress up because it’s a ‘high-class place.’ “
Ruby’s opened on the boardwalk in 1934.
Rumor has it that Brooklyn Brewery will be moving to the “new and improved” boardwalk along with other trendy establishments. One thing’s for certain, it ain’t your grandfather’s Coney Island anymore.