Iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar temporarily suspends operations in NYC due to COVID-19

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) — The legendary Grand Central Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal announced Monday that it is temporarily suspending all restaurant operations, effective immediately.

Officials said the restaurant is closing due to the lack of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outdoor dining was out of the question in the basement of Grand Central, but for months they loaded up on the supplies they needed — from contactless pay systems to a lot of sanitizer.

The 107-year-old restaurant had just reopened to 25% capacity for indoor dining and take-out on Sept. 30 after a nearly seven-month shutdown.

Executive Chef Sandy Ingber spoke to Eyewitness News before they reopened to the public for the first time.

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“It’s a shot in the dark, but we’re willing to take the chance,” Ingber said in September. “We’ve

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NYC’s iconic Central Park Boathouse restaurant shutters after 66 years until 2021

A fixture of Central Park closed down as New York City businesses were hit hard by coronavirus restrictions, the Loeb Central Park Boathouse owner told “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.”

“We’ve been closed since the pandemic began in March and even though restaurants are able to reopen in the city, the business just isn’t there for the Boathouse,” Dean Poll told host Neil Cavuto.

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The owner of the Boathouse, which opened in 1954 and has been featured in films such as “When Harry Met Sally,” explained that they rely heavily on tourists and park-goers, as well as weddings and corporate events.

“All of that has disappeared.” Poll said.

“There’s just not enough business in the park to sustain

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Meet The Creative Business Mind Behind Many Iconic Celebrity Looks

When celebrities arrive on a red carpet or at a special event, they seem so naturally put together with bold hair looks that make a statement, often inspiring an attempt at imitation by the public during their next salon appointment. However, a trendsetting hair moment captured by countless photographers and shared almost instantaneously around the world has become a major business in its own right. And for Chris Appleton, award-winning celebrity hairstylist, business is booming.

Appleton, 37, discovered his passion for hairstyling when he was around nine years old in his hometown of Leicester, England, using his mom as his first hair subject and quickly realizing the power of hairstyling going far beyond just the physical look. “I used to do her hair and I wanted to make her look like a Hollywood star,” Appleton recalls about his mom. “I

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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.

John Nacion/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Loeb Boathouse

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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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