From the NY Times:
Among the regulars at the Cavalier — and the place has amassed a sizable following since it opened its doors in 1950 in Jackson Heights, Queens — there is very little about personal lives and daily routines that is not shared.
The Cavalier is a throwback to an era when men and women donned hats and gloves along 37th Avenue. It is closing its doors for good on Sunday, but not because time has passed it by. To attract a younger crowd, it added flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi access and satellite radio during renovations in July, although red linens and candles still adorn the tables.
The end came in much the same way it has come to scores of small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods throughout the city: a new landlord arrived and charged rent so high that the owners simply could not hold on.