Phew! Mona's and Sophie's Are in Good Hands

We look forward to seeing this again.Photo: Youngna Park

In December, the Post brought discouraging news that Bob Corton was planning to sell his two bars Sophies and Monas. Now the good news: Weve discovered that Corton has transferred ownership to his brother and partner Richard, who plans to keep them more or less the same (a bartender at Sophies assures us, There might be more toilet paper in the bathroom.) Since 1986 and 1989 respectively, Sophies and Monas have been the local bars that everyone wishes they lived next to: Cortons lament to the Post that theyre dinosaurs in the face of East Village gentrification is precisely the reason were glad theyre staying put, though we admit we were kind of hoping to score one of Monas church pews for our dream apartment.

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