Central Park’s historic Loeb Boathouse has closed its doors after 66 years

  • 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.

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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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The iconic Central Park Boathouse has had to shut its doors until spring and permanently lay off 163 furloughed staff as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at the Boathouse restaurant in New York have been let go due to ‘unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19’, according to a Department of Labor notice. 

The notice gives its reason for filing the layoff notice as ‘temporary plant closure’. 

The Loeb Boathouse has been one of the most famous locations in Central Park since it first opened in 1954 and has featured in movies including When Harry Met Sally.



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The iconic Central Park Boathouse in New York has had to shut its doors until spring and permanently lay off 163 furloughed staff as a result of the coronavirus pandemic



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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 Historic Central Park Boathouse Restaurant Has Closed and Laid Off 163 Staff

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From Town & Country

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

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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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