Central Park landmark Loeb Boathouse has closed due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19.”
163 staff members have been permanently laid off after being furloughed in March, according to a filing from the Department of Labor.
Loeb Boathouse underwent a $2.9 million renovation to its bar, dining room, and outdoor seating area in 2018.
The restaurant reportedly plans to reopen next spring, but there are no confirmed dates as of yet.
Central Park’s historic restaurant Loeb Boathouse has closed its doors after 66 years.
In a filing with the Department of Labor last month, the restaurant said it closed due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19,” as first reported by local publication The City.
The Loeb Boathouse is one of Central Park’s most recognizable landmarks, which welcomed millions of people each year and was renowned for its views overlooking the lake, an idyllic gem within the city.
The Loeb Central Park Boathouse owner Dean Poll on the state of New York City’s restaurant industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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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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
If the return of fall has given you the urge to reenact the iconic New York moments of When Harry Met Sally, there’s at least one landmark from the film you’ll have to mark off your list. The lakeside restaurant at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, which has been a tourist attraction and New York mainstay since 1954, has officially closed its doors due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19,” according to a filing with the Department of Labor.
It joins the ranks of hundreds of other bars and eateries that have been forced to shutter amid the pandemic—the New York Times reports that nearly a third of the almost 3,000 New York City businesses that have closed since March are restaurants.
As part of the closure, the restaurant has reportedly laid off all 163 of