Yalies exiting a weekend fraternity party on High Street will now have to search for a new spot to satisfy their late-night cravings for wings.
S’Wings, a student favorite and late-night food spot, closed its doors for the final time yesterday after being sold to Metro Star Properties. The real estate developer announced on its website that it has also purchased the parking garage adjacent to Swings, in addition to lots 254 through 260 on Crown Street.
According to the Metro Star Properties website, 280 Crown St., the former home of S’Wings, and the parking lot next to it will become a “high-end, boutique residential building, with modern architecture” called Metro 280.
S’Wings manager Carlos Perez said the restaurant hopes to relocate closer to Yale, since many of the business’s customers were students.
“Our idea is to stay around in this area,” Perez said. “But the few places around here are so expensive.”
Perez said S’Wings received a letter and a phone call six months ago notifying the business of the ownership change. According to Perez, in the letter, Metro Star Properties said that the business needed to pack up and leave by Oct. 20th.
According to S’Wings employee Alex Rivera, all the employees at the restaurant will lose their jobs as a result of the building’s closure.
“They [Metro Star] never come here or talk to us — I’m guessing these are rude people” Perez said. “The whole block is being sold, basically.”
According to Metro Star’s website, the purchased property also includes BAR Pizza, located at 254 Crown St., and the Neon parking garage. While Perez said he believes BAR’s future is uncertain, the developer’s website said that it “plans on performing needed differed maintenance and restoring the building’s façade.”
On the last day of operation at S’Wings, many Yale students visited the restaurant, and several said they were disappointed to hear the restaurant would be closing.
Trey Pernell ’17 said he was a regular customer at S’Wings, adding that the restaurant’s closing is “devastating.”
“I was just really getting into wings, so I’m really sad that S’Wings is closing,” Djenab Conde ’15 said. “Now I have to go all the way to Whitney!”
Wings Over New Haven on 56 Whitney Ave. and Buffalo Wild Wings on 76 Church St. are two other wings-focused restaurants in the city.
Other students interviewed expressed concerns about the availability of affordable, late-night food in the wake of recent business closings around campus.
Justin Moore ’15 said that, since A1 Pizza closed and Gourmet Heaven is scheduled to close, he is unsure of what will be available to students in the near future.
“It’s always sad to see local businesses closing down,” Moore said.
According to the Metro Star website, Metro 280 is scheduled to be completed in 2015.