So now it's official. Mehanata is closed permanently as the building gets converted into a Ramada Inn. But now the fave Bulgarian bar is promising to reopen soon at a new location on the Lower East Side - no details yet on exactly where they'll end up.
For now, Mehanata parties continue at Maia Meyhane (98 Avenue B between 6th and 7th Streets) on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This weekend catch Zlatne Uste Brass Band with DJ Pepe and DJ Joro Boro at 10:00 p.m. on Friday and belly dancer Jeniviva with DJ Palamuth, Tossun, Mark and DJ Joro Boro on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.
And in the meantime, fans of the bar need to put on their thinking caps:
Since the name MEHANATA (‘The Tavern’ in Bulgarian) was difficult to pronounce for a big part of our international crowd, we are considering renaming it. We strongly feel that the new name should have ‘Gypsy’ as its part, since the word ‘Gypsy’ is associated with freedom, party, and great music – all of them a central part of MEHANATA’s idea – as well as contains references to the global multi-culti spirit that reflects in the international mix of crowd. For now we are considering ‘Gypsying’, ‘Gypsy Camp’, and ‘Gypsy Time’ among others, but we’d appreciate any submissions and feedback from you. Shortly we will make a form available on our website where you can vote for your favorite name, since the new place should be named by the people who go there.
Slavs of New York will let you know as soon as they put up that form. It sucks that they want to remove the Bulgarian bits from the Bulgarian bar, but we cannot stand by and let the place be named "Gypsying" or "Gypsy Time"... Better the place have a name that's difficult to pronounce than a name that's difficult to stomach.