Mori (restaurant)

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Mori (1883 or 1884 - 1937 or 1938) was a Greenwich Village eating establishment that featured Italian cooking. It became bankrupt during the aftermath of the Great Depression. Its building later housed the Bleecker Street Cinema.

History[edit]

The building at 144-146 Bleecker Street in New York City's Greenwich Village was originally built in 1832 as two rowhouses.[1] Placido Mori[2] converted 144 into the restaurant Mori in 1883[1] or 1884.[citation needed] As architecture historian Christopher Gray wrote,

At some point, Mori befriended a novice architect, Raymond Hood, gave him a house tab and an apartment upstairs and in 1920 had him design a new facade for the building to include 146 Bleecker. Hood gave the buildings a row of Doric columns across the first floor, imitation Federal lintels over the windows and a setback penthouse studio.[1]

The restaurant began as a small bar and eatery and expanded to fully occupy a "rambling, old-fashioned" five-story[3] building near Sixth Avenue (Manhattan).[2] It survived the Prohibition era and the worst years of the Great Depression, when it was temporarily padlocked.

Mori closed in 1937,[1] and Placido Mori filed a petition for bankruptcy in early January 1938, stating that the corporation had no assets and liabilities totaling $70,000.[2] The building formerly occupied by Mori was sold by Caroline Bussing through A.Q. Orza, broker, in October 1943.[3]

Mori's gravesite in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is marked with a sculpted memorial designed by Hood and sculptor Charles Keck.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gray, Christopher (November 4, 1990). "Streetscapes: The Bleecker Street Cinema; The 'Lost' Frescoes of an Artist-Soldier". The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mori's in Village Is Forced To Close". The New York Times. January 5, 1938. p. 23. 
  3. ^ a b Harlem Building Gets New Owner, New York Times, October 12, 1943, pg. 40.