I’ve been complaining about the demise of Thayer Street since the dawn of the new millennium, but it’s now officially, finally, once and for all dead.
I said it when In Your Ear closed, and when Tom’s Tracks closed. And when Ocean Coffee Roasters closed. And when the College Hill Bookstore closed. I could have also seen the signs when silly Oop! closed, or when Esta’s closed and nothing ever replaced it.
But now, and this is freaking crazy, Spike’s is closing.
Spike’s, people. The original location of the ten-restaurant hot dog chain. The one adorned with pictures of people that could eat a dozen hot dogs–buns and all–without puking. The place even Mark Patinkin recommends, even though it’s more than two blocks away from his house. Spike’s was the one place that could unite Thayer’s disparate population of college students, Eurotrash, bikers and teenagers.
Of course, Thayer’s also lacking the bikers and teenagers these days, since motorcycles aren’t allowed to park on most of the street anymore* and the teenagers have no reason to hang out there anymore since all the record stores, the comic book store, and the skate shop have all gone the way of the dodo. Hell, this is a street where even a freaking Dunkin Donuts can’t stay open.
Anyway. Spike’s will be there until the end of the month.
(*But don’t get me started on that.)