Fat Black Pussycat Sign Painted Over By Panchito’s
Lost City spotted a comment on Ephemeral New York’s site noting that the Fat Black Pussycat sign above the back entrance to Panchito’s on Minetta Street had been painted over.
The Fat Black Pussycat coffee bar first opened as The Commons in 1958 and took on the Fat Black Pussycat name after its expansion in 1962. By 1972 The Fat Black Pussycat was gone and Panchito’s was in. Still, the legacy of The Fat Black Pussycat has loomed large as people like Bob Dylan, Bill Cosby, Mama Cass Eliot, and Richie Havens all played there.
The Fat Black Pussycat sign with its faded black and red letters became iconic over the years and was an attraction in itself for people who wanted to catch a small glimpse of what Minetta Street might have looked like on the night Bob Dylan sat in The Fat Black Pussycat and wrote Blowin’ In The Wind.