A tipster writes in to let us know that Minetta Street Mexican restaurant Panchito's has erased a piece of Village history.
After: tipster photo
Says the tipster, "The faded remnants of The Fat Black Pussycat Theatre sign on Minetta St. was painted over on Wednesday by the owners of Panchito's Restaurant. Tour groups would often stop to see the faded signage and the building where Dylan wrote 'Blowin’ In The Wind.' It’s stupefying... neighbors were yelling at the painters as they were quickly painting over the signage."
Before: photo from GVSHP
He continues, "With one coat of paint, Panchito's robbed countless people for generations to come of the pleasure of wandering down Minetta St. and 'discovering' a true rare moment of ephemeral NY. I suspect that Panchito's knew exactly what they were doing. As the Village continues to lose a big part of its DNA, I don’t see this as a small loss."
The sign dated back to the 1960s, when Tiny Tim, Mama Cass, and Richie Havens were regular performers. Panchito's moved here in 1972 and, in all those years, never messed with the old sign. Someone must have had respect for the birthplace of "Blowin' in the Wind." Until now.
As the GVSHP Executive Director explains, this street has been proposed for historic designation, but to no avail. Perhaps if it had been, the Fat Black Pussycat sign would still be there.