INWOOD — Mi Nido Taverna is flooded with previous indicators and group fliers with brown, folded edges and a faint cigarette odor that proprietor, Johnny Caro, sixty seven, stated stays within the air from earlier than smoking inside bars turned unlawful.
However after forty six years, the 148 Nagle Ave. bar, one of many first Latino-owned bars to open in Inwood, will write the ultimate chapter of its historical past when it completely closes its doorways on the finish of the month.
The bar had already stopped serving drinks July 24, however Caro has stored his doorways open whereas cleansing up the area to say goodbye to individuals. He stated a number of have stopped by to provide him playing cards and letters.
“We have been the pioneers right here. We have been the primary Spanish bars up right here,” Caro stated, including that his father additionally owned a bar on Nagle Avenue. “There was nothing on Dyckman earlier than us.”
Caro, who stated he’s been affected by a coronary heart situation in recent times, is retiring and spending the remainder of his years touring and having fun with “what’s left” together with his spouse, three youngsters and grandchildren.
“At first — the primary 20 years of my life — I ran the bar. I used to be working nights, and I used to be the porter, so the whole lot ran easily,” Caro stated. “However now, with all of the issues happening with my well being, and to be trustworthy with you — you possibly can’t get good individuals to be just right for you anymore.”
Caro stated he tried hiring a couple of individuals in recent times to assist him run the enterprise, however that they ended up benefiting from his well being, robbing him and operating the place down with summons from police for underage consuming and bar fights.
The bar in January was denied a liquor license renewal by Group Board 12, Caro stated, although the State Liquor Authority later permitted it. The SLA stated on the time Caro had no pending violations and all priors from a number of incidents in 2013 had been cleared.
Caro stated it was this temporary scare that left him much more disenchanted with operating the enterprise, and after making an attempt to promote the enterprise months following the group board rejection, and discovering no good gives, he determined it was time to retire.
“I’m strolling out not owing anybody any cash. I’m strolling out of right here with a clear slate. And at my age, I feel it’s time. It’s simply time,” Caro stated, including that his sisters, who like his…