More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to close en masse. More than a 1,000 have closed since March due to the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them are neighborhood favorites like Uncle Boons and Maison Premiere, along with sites of teenage debauchery like FiDi’s China Chalet and the glitzy McDonald’s flagship store off of Times Square.
In all likelihood, though, this is only the beginning of permanent closures in New York, as loans from the Paycheck Protection Program run dry, rent payments continue to mount, and the return to indoor has started at 25 percent capacity. According to a September survey from the New York State Restaurant Association, as many as two-thirds of state’s restaurants could permanently close by the end of the year if they don’t receive additional government aid. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closings right now, experts say that number could be even higher, and will likely only continue to grow.
Below, Eater is documenting the city’s permanent restaurant closures so far. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, send us a photograph and a few lines letting us know how you learned about the closure at firstname.lastname@example.org. This post will be updated weekly.
Boerum Hill: Bike shop-turned general store Regular Visitors, which was also a neighborhood coffee haunt, closed in early September after four years.
Boerum Hill: Longtime neighborhood restaurant Building on Bond and its adjacent Bar Robert have permanently closed. The owner cited an “uncooperative landlord,” in an Instagram post from September 22, as the reason for the closure.
Chelsea: Korean restaurant Hanshik has closed for good after a little less than a year on Eighth Avenue. A sign that reads “permanently closed” is posted to the restaurant’s front door.
Dyker Heights: Legendary Italian spot Colandrea New Corner has permanently closed. The pandemic factored into the decision to shut down the 84-year-old restaurant, but further details about the reason behind the closure weren’t disclosed. The Brooklyn mainstay, known for its classic Italian menu of seafood and pasta dishes, has been featured in several movies and T.V. shows in recent years, including Netflix’s The Irishman.
East Village: After nearly two years of business, Pado has permanently closed. The restaurant’s owners announced the closure in an Instagram post this week, citing the inability to reach an agreement with the building’s landlord. “We will strive to find a new place and we will share this information as soon as it is available for you,” the restaurant shared in the post.
East Village: Cozy neighborhood bar Eliza’s Local, named after Alexander Hamilton’s wife Eliza Hamilton, has permanently closed, ownership announced on Instagram. The bar was in the neighborhood for just under two years.
Greenpoint: New Orleans-inspired bar Magazine has closed a year and a half after it opened. The bar’s owners noted on Instagram that the store’s landlord wasn’t willing to negotiate on the rent, and the bar closed for good on September 30.
Greenwich Village: The Meatball Shop location at 64 Greenwich Avenue appears to have permanently closed down. There’s a for rent sign hanging in its window, and the location is no longer listed on the Meatball Shop’s website.
Hell’s Kitchen: All-bacon restaurant Bar Bacon appears to have permanently closed both its Hell’s Kitchen and Union Square locations. The restaurant’s last social media post was in March, soon after the state-mandated shutdown of restaurants and bars due to the novel coronavirus. Phones at both locations have been disconnected.
Lower East Side: Quirky subterranean bar Nitecap permanently closed this week, ownership announced on Instagram. “COVID-19 and its tidal wave of destruction have left us unable to find a path forward,” the owners said in the post. The bar is hosting a series of fundraisers to help pay off six months of back rent that accumulated during the pandemic, plus four months of rent that it owes until its lease expires.
Park Slope: Wine bar Camperdown Elm appears to have permanently closed. The restaurant’s website is down, and phone calls to the establishment went unanswered.
Park Slope: Casual pan-Asian spot Mori closed permanently at the end of August. The restaurant plans to return in 2022 or sooner if ownership secures a new location.
Union Square: Manhattan health food restaurant Hu Kitchen appears to have closed, according to the Infatuation. Yelp and Google both indicate that the restaurant has permanently closed, while its phone number has been disconnected.
Upper West Side: The West End Lounge, a neighborhood gathering place for drinks and live performances, will not be reopening. The venue had been the source of neighborhood controversy for several years, with some residents saying the bar was too loud for a residential building. Owner John Daniel Forslund had managed to win regulatory approval by adding brunch and coffee services to the venue. “The irony that we had JUST won our 2-year long battle with Community Board 7 right before Covid is not lost on me,” Forslund said in a post on Facebook announcing the closure.
Upper West Side: Longtime neighborhood diner Old John’s Luncheonette appears to have closed for good. A for rent sign now hangs in the window.
Williamsburg: Local breakfast favorite Egg closed this week. Owner George Weld attributed the closure to the financial downturn caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Williamsburg: Brothers Max and Eli Sussman have permanently shut down their well-liked casual Middle Eastern restaurant, Samesa. The restaurant gave food away for free after announcing the closure on Instagram.
Washington Heights: Longstanding neighborhood spot Vicky’s Diner has permanently closed, Patch reports. A GoFundMe set up by community fans raised over $15,000 in support of the former owner and the laid-off employees.
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