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
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.
There’s not much good news coming out of the airline industry these days. Many carriers have grounded large portions of their fleets, slashed flight schedules in response to travel restrictions and border closures, and even put up their frequent-flier programs as collateral for loans and bailouts. But at least one bright spot landed at London Heathrow Airport earlier this week in the form of a gleaming new first-class suite with closing doors aboard British Airways’ most recently delivered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Last year, the airline began a much-needed update of its business-class cabins, starting with the Airbus A350-1000s joining its fleet, and followed by a refurbishment of some Boeing 777s, then the delivery of its first Boeing 787-10s earlier this year. Taking a cue from newer suite-style layouts with closing doors that can be found aboard competitors like