Subterranean Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes Doors After 12 Days Of Indoor Dining

Grand Central Oyster Bar, the iconic restaurant inside of Grand Central Terminal, is giving up on indoor dining less than two weeks after reopening. The restaurant, which first opened in 1913, cited a “lack of traffic and business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic” in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The gorgeous subterranean space has no windows or outdoor space, meaning it was unable to offer outdoor dining at all during the pandemic. Restaurants across New York City were allowed to reopen for indoor dining, at 25% capacity, on September 30th, and Grand Central Oyster Bar was among those that reopened.

The restaurant excitedly wrote on Facebook five days ahead of reopening, “We are a New York landmark with Guastavino tiled vaulted ceilings located on the lower level of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal. We are eager to serve you again! The oyster bar, lounge, bar, and counter seating will remain

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Temporarily Closes Less Than Two Weeks After Opening



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Grand Central Oyster Bar temporarily closes again, citing downturn in business

Less than two weeks after opening its doors for indoor dining service, Grand Central Oyster Bar will temporarily close once more. In a post to Facebook over the weekend, the iconic 107-year-old restaurant announced that it had no choice but to close again, citing a “lack of traffic and business implicitly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Grand Central Oyster Bar reopened on September 30 for takeout and indoor dining service following nearly a seven-month temporary closure. Despite initial excitement about the comeback, the restaurant hasn’t been able to justify the cost of reopening, given lower foot traffic at Grand Central Terminal from tourists and commuters, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.

Restaurants and bars across the city have been devastated by the pandemic, and rent in particular has been a sticking point. In August, close

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes After Briefly Opening at Limited Capacity

Less than two weeks after it reopened for indoor dining, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, one of New York City’s most famed restaurants, has closed its doors again—at least for the time being.

Officials with the dining spot, a fixture in Grand Central Terminal since the railway hub’s opening in 1913, said business was too slow at this point, defying their hopes and expectations. The restaurant, which shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, restarted operations when New York state allowed indoor dining to resume within the five boroughs on Sept. 30.

Oyster Bar officials said they knew it was never going to be an easy ride, given that the state had limited indoor dining to 25% capacity. But Executive Chef Sandy Ingber said the restaurant was still unable to fill tables to anywhere near that level in the short period since it had started again, with sales

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Grand Central Oyster Bar closes AGAIN just 12 days

The Grand Central Oyster Bar shuttered its doors just 12 days after reopening for the first time in months, with staffers saying new limited indoor seating just won’t cut it.

The iconic New York City seafood spot made the startling revelation in a joint statement from top restaurant officials on Friday. 

The reason for the re-closure, according to officials, included Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that local restaurants could finally reopen for indoor seating at 25 per cent capacity.

But even with the official ‘OK’ from Cuomo, foot traffic amid the pandemic was scarce and inconsistent. 

Grand Central Oyster Bar (pictured) revealed that it would close down operations just 12 days after its grand reopening amid the pandemic 

Pictured: Top restaurant officials released a joint statement that said that a 'lack of traffic and business' contributed to the closure

Pictured: Top restaurant officials released a joint statement that said that a ‘lack of traffic and business’ contributed to the closure 

‘Dear friends, it has been seven challenging months since we last saw

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes After Brief Reopening

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — Just 12 days after it was allowed to reopen for indoor dining, the iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar is closing back down due to a lack of customer support, the restaurant announced Monday.

The 107-year-old eatery reopened to the public on Sept. 30, when the city began allowing indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. That day, the oyster bar had lines out the door, but customer support dried up since then, owners told the New York Post.

“As we re-opened on September 30th we relished the opportunity to be of service again, and fill your hearts, and ours, with joy and do what we do best; offer an amazing experience to our beloved New Yorkers and to our friends from all over the world,” a message on the restaurant’s website reads.

“Today, however, we must, temporarily, close again due to the lack of traffic and business

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Grand Central Oyster Bar closes again after 12 days in business

Despite lines out the door the day it finally reopened, Grand Central Oyster Bar is shutting down its doors — yet again — after just 12 days in business.

Indoor dining at 25 percent capacity just wasn’t enough to keep the lights on, the company said.

“We must temporarily close again due to the lack of traffic and business implicitly, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” president Janet Poccia, executive chef Sandy Ingber, vice president Mohammed Lawal and general manager Gabriel Moroianu said in a joint statement. “We do have a promise for all of you! We will come back stronger and with an even bigger desire to serve you.”

The iconic eatery, located in Grand Central Terminal, closed in March due to the pandemic and only began inviting customers again in on Sept. 30, when Big Apple indoor dining resumed at 25 percent capacity.

The grand reopening drew a line

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Dow closes 160 points higher, posts best week since August as investors monitor stimulus talks

Stocks rose on Friday to end their best week in months as President Donald Trump signaled support for a bigger coronavirus aid package. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 161.39 points higher, or 0.6%, at 28,586.90. The S&P 500 gained climbed 0.9% to 3,477.13. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.4% to close at 11,579.94.

Microsoft and Salesforce led the Dow higher, rising 2.5% and 2.2%, respectively. Consumer discretionary and tech were the best-performing S&P 500 sectors, advancing more than 1% each. 

For the week, the Dow jumped 3.3% and posted its biggest one-week gain since August. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up 3.8% and 4.6%, respectively, for the week. Both benchmarks had their best weekly performance since early July. 

Trump tweeted on Friday that “Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!”

CNBC’s Ylan Mui reported the administration has raised its offer for a new aid package to $1.8 trillion

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Central Park Boathouse permanently lays off staff, closes until 2021

The coronavirus has hit yet another iconic restaurant in New York City.

The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park laid off 163 employees last month because of the pandemic, according to a filing with the New York Department of Labor.

The restaurant had initially furloughed its employees back in March, but they have now been permanently laid off because of “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19,” the filing said.

However, the Boathouse, which has been featured in several films including “27 Dresses” and “When Harry Met Sally,” is not closing its doors forever.

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According to recent reports, the Boathouse is expecting to reopen in 2021.

Boathouse owner Dean Poll told the New York Post that he decided to wait to reopen the restaurant until April

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The Iconic Central Park Boathouse Closes Indefinitely, Lays Off 163 Employees Due to COVID-19

Loeb Boathouse in When Harry Met Sally

The Loeb Boathouse, the historic 66-year-old restaurant located in Central Park, is staying closed for the foreseeable future.

In a Sept. 8 filing with the New York Department of Labor, the restaurant said it is remaining shuttered due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19.”

According to the filing, all 163 employees who were temporarily furloughed by owner Dean Poll in March when the restaurant first shut down have now been laid-off permanently.

The restaurant said in a statement on its website that it anticipates reopening in April.

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According to the New York Post, who cited sources, the eatery has not yet opened due to its reliance on heavy tourist traffic and large parties to break even.

The Loeb Boathouse originally opened in March 1954.

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