The phrase “Another one bites the dust” is beginning to lose all meaning in this town as something that was once good seems to be closing every week now. This month, Tandem is next on the Bushwick reaper’s list of longstanding establishments to kill. The reason? An inability to choose between remaining true to its gritty roots and transcending fully into the type of Williamsburg/Meatpacking dance club with a line out the door thrust an identity crisis on the bar.
One former regular there, Devon Hines, a 31-year-old who works at One World Trade, noted, “I kind of stopped going there around 2014. That’s when they were like serving bougier brunch and having more ‘exclusive events.’ Like who the fuck are the Witches and Warlocks of Bushwick–and what do they have to do with me?” Many have felt Hines’ confusion about the nature of the direction the bar has been taking.
And, of course, who could forget the very uncomfortable Mother’s Day brunch that took place there in the spring of 2014? The second white kids start bringing their parents somewhere, it’s game over for any business’ chic factor. It is thus with a heavy heart that Tandem owner Loren Givens, a 46-year-old who has plans to flee to Vermont, will shutter the establishment at the end of the month, just enough time for one last Halloween hurrah. In any case, the bar’s closure marks one of the last things in Bushwick that served as a remnant from a pre-2010 era.
Written by Genna Rivieccio