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Sad to say ta-rra: Proper Gastro Pub (right in the Ballpark park area at 795 J Street, at 8th, 619-255-7520). Walked past the other day and the big arched cream stone and brick portico with “Simon Levi Company” etched into it has its wrought iron gates securely closed.

This is where Proper Pub, a lavishly outfitted London-style pub has been one of the coolest go-to’s for the East Village social media crowd.

“We’re looking for a buyer,” says a gent from behind the glass window, like I may be that buyer.

Lord knows, I would be, if I had a few shillings to rub together.

The 1912 - century-old this year! - building suits the pub, and Petco Park’s luminous green lawn outside...


...looks like the Village Green in some Jane Austen novel.

But I guess that was part of the problem. This is down a walkway off J Street. Nothing tells you it’s down here. You have to know before you go.

Maybe that lack of foot traffic and visibility was the place’s Achille’s Heel. You can see how the owners fell in love with this restored historic building, a perfect fit, and they thought of being right beside the ballpark crowds. But ballpark crowds have been deceptive sirens for other places too. Great when they’re there, but then they’re gone until the next home game, or the next season.


Bottom line: Maybe this beautiful place needs someone with deeper pockets to keep it going until it really becomes part of the new downtown’s fabric.

Till then, we'll just have to drink improperly.

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Dave Rice Dec. 12, 2012 @ 10:34 p.m.

A shame - had some good pre-game eats there and it was always a madhouse...but that's game day, which only comes 81 times a year leaving, you're right, a pretty barren wasteland of a location to work with 3/4 of the time.


Ed Bedford Dec. 12, 2012 @ 11:44 p.m.

Yes it's sad alright. Shows that East Village, for all the condos, hasn't reached critical mass, isn't a real community yet. It's trying hard. But maybe if all the condos weren't all so danged expensive and they welcomed the real cross-section of people that makes up "real" places?


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