Coogan’s restaurant and bar, a civic fixture in Washington Heights for 32 years, reached a new agreement with its landlord late Friday afternoon, just three days after its owners announced they would be closing in May because of a demand for a $40,000 monthly rent increase.
A wave of public support for the establishment, including from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton” who has been a patron since his boyhood, led its landlord, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, to reopen discussions with the owners of Coogan’s. A lease extension was agreed upon shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. Terms were not disclosed.
The restaurant, on Broadway between 168th and 169th Streets, was an anchor of the neighborhood in the years when that part of Upper Manhattan was racked with violence from the illegal drug trade. With roots as a traditional Irish bar, Coogan’s has become well-known as a multiethnic gathering spot. More than 15,000 people signed an online petition supporting the restaurant.
“NewYork-Presbyterian and Coogan’s are delighted that this has been resolved in a way that satisfies everyone involved, and that Coogan’s will continue to be a very special part of the Washington Heights community,” the hospital and the restaurant said in a joint statement. They acknowledged that Representative Adriano Espaillat and the Manhattan borough president, Gale Brewer, had been instrumental in bringing about the agreement. Also taking part was Luis A. Miranda Jr., a political consultant who is the father of the Broadway star.
Both Mirandas were among those at an impromptu celebration in Coogan’s on Friday evening. The younger Mr. Miranda joined one of its owners, Peter Walsh, in serenading a diner who was celebrating her birthday. They were cheered by the entire restaurant when they finished, and then again after Mr. Miranda pumped his fist in the air and shouted, “Coogan’s!”