Julie Reiner is about as loved as you can get in the New York mixology community, which was saddened to learn that her tiki bar Lani Kai was closed last week. The space will be converted to a new lesbian bar, which we doubt will include Mai Tais. Sigh.
"After two wonderful and rewarding years we are deeply saddened to announce Lani Kai has been sold and is closed. Due to the demands of other existing business's and future projects we were not able to give Lani Kai the time and focus it, and our customers, deserve. We would like to thank a loyal and talented staff and everyone of you that came to enjoy our touch of paradise."
Of course fans of Reiner can check out The Flatron Lounge or Clover Club, which she owns or they can drop by Monkey Bar to try some of her cocktail. Not all good bars can last forever, we suppose..